Isakson now has a Democratic co-sponsor, Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, so the effort is now bipartisan. Still, Democratic Senate sources say the legislation will likely need to be tweaked before Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., will move it through his committee. For example, $4.4 million appears excessive to some lawmakers.
But Limbert agrees with Isakson that the climate is now different thanks to "Argo."
"Before the film came out and before this renewed interest, we frankly had difficulty getting anyone to listen to our case," Limbert said.
"We got expressions of sympathy, we got, you know, praise for our bravery, our service to our country. But frankly, that's not what we were looking for," he said.