April 7, 2014
The Senate is set to pass a bill banning Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations from the United States.
Sen. Ted Cruz’s proposal would prevent known terrorists from entering the United States as ambassadors to the U.N. Hamid Aboutalebi, who participated in the 1979 hostage-taking of Americans in Tehran, has been appointed ambassador to the UN by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a move described as a “slap in the face” to the U.S. by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and “unconscionable” by Cruz.
Cruz will move to pass the bill by unanimous consent shortly after voting on a bill extending emergency unemployment compensation. Anyone can object to such an attempt, though aides are confident that bill will breeze through.