Democrats paint Cotton as extremist on Iran sanctions proposal - KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

Democrats paint Cotton as extremist on Iran sanctions proposal

Posted: Updated:
Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR)

WASHINGTON (Arkansas News Bureau) — The campaign arm of the Senate Democratic Caucus on Thursday criticized U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, as "an extreme ideologue" over an amendment he offered to the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013.

At a House Foreign Affairs Committee meeting on Wednesday, Cotton sought to extend sanctions that would be imposed on Iranian human rights violators to close family members of the "primary malfeasant."

Some Democrats on the panel raised concerns that the proposal was unconstitutional because it would violate "due process" protections guaranteed under the Fifth Amendment. Cotton argued that those protections only apply to U.S. citizens.

Click here for more on this story from the Arkansas News Bureau.

  • PoliticalMore>>

  • Military suicides up a bit in 2014; More seek help

    Military suicides up a bit in 2014; More seek help

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:53:13 GMT
    Preliminary Pentagon data shows that suicides among active duty military increased a bit this year compared to the same period last year, but officials say that more service members are seeking help through...More >>
    Suicides among active-duty military have increased a bit so far this year compared with the same period last year, but Pentagon officials say they are encouraged that more service members are seeking help through hotlines...More >>
  • Obama nominee McDonald pledges to 'transform' VA

    Obama nominee McDonald pledges to 'transform' VA

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:33:18 GMT
    President Barack Obama's choice to lead the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department goes before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do his job.More >>
    President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged Tuesday to transform the beleaguered agency, saying that "systematic failures" must be addressed.More >>
  • Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian

    Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:23 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:23:20 GMT
    The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution is getting a splash of pop culture, thanks to a flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian.More >>
    The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution got a splash of pop culture Tuesday, thanks to an Internet flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian.More >>