Congress didn't exactly sound the trumpets and roll out the red carpet for President Barack Obama's fragile interim deal with Iran -- but it's increasingly clear that lawmakers don't want to blow it up with new sanctions, either. [...] "The administration has gotten what it wants: Space for negotiations. And it will continue to get what it wants: Space. But not without consequences or repercussions if Iran breaks faith," a top Democratic aide close to the process told Yahoo News.
The administration believes the legislation could scuttle the interim nuclear agreement reached with Iran on Nov. 23 and derail upcoming negotiations on a permanent deal -- scheduled for completion in six months -- to ensure that Iran will never be able to build a nuclear weapon. "If you want to hold our feet to the fire on the final deal, fine, do that," a senior administration official said. "If people have concerns about elements of a final agreement, come in and tell us. ... But that is a separate discussion from passing a sanctions bill in the middle of negotiations."