Democrats paint Cotton as extremist on Iran sanctions proposal

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.

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