White House backs compromise Iran bill in Senate
WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama would be willing to sign a compromise bill giving Congress a say on the emerging nuclear deal with Iran.
Republicans and Democrats on a key Senate panel reached a compromise Tuesday. The compromise shortens the congressional review period and makes other changes sought by Obama.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the Obama administration is withholding final judgment while the compromise makes its way through Congress. He says that's because changes could be made that would render it unpalatable.
But he says that as it stands now, the bill includes enough changes sought by Obama that he would sign it.
Obama has been in a standoff for months with lawmakers who are skeptical of the deal and want Congress to take a vote.