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Congressional Conversations: Rep. Tsongas On Iran, Breastfeeding In The Military08:27
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Secretary of State John Kerry testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to review the Iran nuclear agreement. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
Secretary of State John Kerry testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to review the Iran nuclear agreement. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
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Secretary of State John Kerry is challenging critics of the Iran nuclear deal before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He told them it is unrealistic to think the U.S. could hold out for a better deal.

"It isn't a 'better deal,' some sort of unicorn arrangement involving Iran's complete capitulation. That is a fantasy, plain and simple," Kerry testified. "The choice we face is between an agreement that will ensure Iran's nuclear program is limited, rigorously scrutinized, and wholly peaceful, or no deal at all. That's the choice".

Rep. Niki Tsongas sizes up the agreement, which Congress will vote on by mid-September, and talks about one of the key issues she's been working on: requiring the Army to create a breastfeeding policy for nursing mothers.

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Rep. Niki Tsongas, Democratic congresswoman for the third district of Massachusetts. She tweets @nikiinthehouse.

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Army Times: Army Reviewing Breastfeeding Policy

  • "'Army leaders are required to provide the necessary time and support to female soldiers who decide to breastfeed their babies or express breast milk following maternity leave, ensuring that they have a designated, clean space in the work place.'"

Army Times Commentary: An Environment Where Equality Is Not Yet Reality

  • "Army servicewomen face obstacles in motherhood because that branch, unlike every other, does not currently have a policy regarding breastfeeding while on the job. Servicewomen are left at the mercy of superiors, whereas in the other branches standard policy dictates when and where female servicemembers can breastfeed, the length of time permitted and the type of facilities that must be provided."

This segment aired on July 23, 2015.

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