The new Republican-led Senate will try to assert itself on foreign policy, putting pressure on President Obama in the one area where second-term presidents often enjoy considerable leeway.
Although the president has the constitutional authority to execute foreign policy, the GOP Congress will seek to leverage its power where it can through legislation and the power of the purse, as well as through rhetoric.
One top Republican priority is a bill threatening Iran with new sanctions if a favorable comprehensive deal is not reached to end its nuclear program. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has refused to allow the bill to come to a vote, and its top Republican sponsor, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is preparing to update it.
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