Netanyahu Speech Mounting an audacious challenge to President Obama, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Tuesday denounced what he called a “bad deal” being negotiated with Iran. Sen. Bernie Sanders said it was unfortunate that Netanyahu didn't offer serious alternatives, The Associated Press reported. “It is easy to give a tough speech about how terrible, awful, demonic Iran is, but if you break off negotiations and they fail then Iran is on its way to build a nuclear weapon and that is something we don't want,” Sanders said on CNN.
No Nuclear Iran The U.S.-led negotiations with Iran are making progress, Sanders said on MSNBC. President Obama “has said there is no guarantee that in fact these negotiations will succeed, but let's give these negotiations an opportunity,” Sanders added. Sanders and Sen. Patrick Leahy were among members of Congress who skipped the speech, WCAX-TV and WVNY-TV reported.
Homeland Security The House quietly capitulated on Tuesday and voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security and avert a partial shutdown. Sen. Sanders said the vote came after "weeks of an unnecessary, self-made crisis," AP, the Rutland Herald, The Hill, WPTZ-TV and WVNY-TV reported. House Speaker John Boehner “understood that the American people are sick and tired” of the House blocking the funding, Sanders told Ed Schultz. The senator hoped that Boehner “no longer give free-rein to the most petulant right-wing extremists in his caucus,” he said in Fiscal Times.
Rx Prices Sen. Sanders and Rep. Elijah Cummings asked Amphastar Pharmaceuticals to provide information about controversial price hikes for a prescription drug used to treat heroin overdoses, The Wall Street Journal and Think Progress reported.