140128_sotu_crowd_shinkle2_3281Senate Leadership will move ahead this week with a bill that triggers new sanctions on Iran if negotiations over its nuclear program fail, according to senior aides on Capitol Hill. Any such bill is opposed by the Obama administration, currently leading an aggressive diplomatic effort toward a comprehensive nuclear accord with Iran alongside members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany.  “At this time, increasing sanctions would dramatically undermine our efforts to reach this shared goal,” US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said on Monday. Nevertheless, speaking with The Jerusalem Post last week, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) said the upper chamber is keen to mark up a bill in committee by January 20— the day US President Barack Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. One aide familiar with the drafting process predicted the bill would attract 65 cosponsors within days, guaranteeing passage. But Graham said his caucus seeks 67— a veto-proof majority. “There are ways to defund the enforcement of a deal,” Graham said, speaking on the sidelines of an event for outgoing IDF Chief of General Staff Lt-Gen. Benny Gantz at the Israeli embassy in Washington. More