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U.S. House Republicans Try Again To Block Iran Nuclear Deal

Two weeks after efforts to kill the Iran nuclear deal failed in the U.S. Congress, Republican lawmakers are continuing to debate measures to undermine the international accord.

The House voted 251 to 173 on October 1 for a measure barring President Barack Obama from waiving sanctions on Iran, as required under the pact, until Iran has provided $43 billion to American victims of terror incidents it sponsored.

The bill would ensure, for example, that the family of Robert Stethem, who was killed by Hezbollah during a 1985 airline hijacking, gets more than $300 million in damages awarded by U.S. courts -- money Iran has never paid.

The White House has promised to veto the measure, however, and it is unlikely to pass in the Senate, where Democrats have enough votes to block it.

Republican opponents of the deal between Iran and world powers said the vote was intended to send a message that the next U.S. president who takes office in January 2017 might not support the deal.

Democrats, for their part, are crafting legislation to monitor how Iran uses the estimated $100 billion in funds it gets when sanctions are lifted.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and ABC News