The Senate has voted to tighten sanctions on Iran, targeting its energy and shipping industries.
The vote was 94-0 Friday and reflected continued congressional efforts to cripple the Islamic Republic's economy to thwart its nuclear ambitions.
The package of penalties by Sens. Bob Menendez and Mark Kirk was attached to a sweeping defense bill that the Senate hopes to finish next week.
The legislation would designate Iran's energy, port, shipping and ship-building sectors as entities of proliferation and sanction transactions with these areas.
In a letter to lawmakers, the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee urged senators to back the legislation.
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We're getting rain well ahead of our cold front. Expect to need that umbrella on and off all day and tonight, too. A bit messy, unfortunately, for First Friday activities.
With the blast of cold air that follows, we'll probably have a dry day on Saturday, and the chance of a Sunday wintry mix into the afternoon and evening. A light coating could occur for some before a changeover to rain. Stay tuned!