12/11/13: The LA Times reports Secretary of State John F. Kerry faced sharp complaints from House lawmakers Tuesday about the interim deal to rein in Iran's nuclear program, but the Obama administration won two tactical victories in its campaign to fend off further sanctions that it says could jeopardize a final deal. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, announced he had decided against introducing sanctions legislation, at least for now, that the administration had strongly opposed. Johnson said President Obama and Kerry "made a strong case" to not undermine upcoming negotiations aimed at forging a comprehensive deal to eliminate any threat from Iran's nuclear program. Sanctions advocates also apparently failed in their efforts to attach an amendment to a must-pass defense spending bill. The administration has lobbied Congress heavily to postpone new sanctions after six world powers signed a preliminary deal with Iran on Nov. 24 in Geneva. The interim accord gives Iran some sanctions relief in exchange for limited curbs on its nuclear program, and paves the way for six months of negotiations toward a more comprehensive agreement. The six world powers fear Iran is seeking a nuclear weapons capability, despite its denials.