Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Bill Which Gives Congress Say On Iran Deal Passes Key Senate Hurdle

Bill Giving Congress Say On Iran Deal Passes Key Senate Hurdle

After a last-minute compromise earned the Obama administration’s support, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously passed a bill that would increase Congressional oversight of any comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran Tuesday.

The bill, authored by Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) will now head to the Senate floor, where it is likely to pass the final hurdle and be signed into law.

The move earned quick praise from the pro-Israel AIPAC lobby, which  urged quick action by the full Senate to adopt the legislation and called on the House to take action on similar congressional review legislation.

Corker and Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) worked over the past 24 hours to come up with a version of the bill that would make the legislation more palatable to Democrats.
In recent weeks, the White House campaigned hard against the original text of the legislation, which it said undermined the possibility of reaching any negotiated agreement with Iran.

At the bill’s heart is text that will allow Congress a 52 day review period of any agreement that the US reaches with Iran over its nuclear program in the framework of ongoing talks between Tehran and the P5+1 member states. An earlier version of the bill sought to put any plan by Obama to lift sanctions on Iran on hold for up to 60 days while Congress reviewed the deal.
In advocating for his legislation, Corker repeatedly criticized the current situation, in which both the United Nations Security Council and the Iranian Majlis parliament would be able to vote on any agreement, but the United States Congress would not.
"The administration … has been fighting strongly against this,” said Corker, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.
“I know they’ve relented because of what they believe will be the outcome here,” he said. “I believe this is going to be an important role, especially the compliance pieces that come afterward.”
The White House initially promised to veto the legislation, but it reversed course shortly before the committee vote, indicating that it would not put the kibosh on the bill.
It’s not clear Obama would have been able to wield his veto pen in any case. Even before the White House’s reversal, Corker claimed that he already had garnered enough support to override any potential presidential veto.
Obama, whose foreign policy legacy would be burnished by a deal with Iran, has been in a standoff for months with lawmakers who say Congress should have a chance to weigh in and remain skeptical that Iran will honor any agreement.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House would withhold final judgment on the bill while it works its way through Congress, wary that potential changes could be made in committee that would render it unpalatable. But he said the White House could support the compromise in its current form.

“Despite the things about it that we don’t like, enough substantial changes have been made that the president would be willing to sign it,” Earnest said.

At the same time, Cardin stressed during the powerful Senate committee’s Tuesday meeting that language still remained in the legislation that required the president to make regular reports to Congress regarding both Iran’s state sponsorship of terror as well as its extensive record of domestic human rights abuses.


Mrs.C said...

Like to be a fly on the wall to hear how this conversation went...

"Netanyahu to Putin: S-300 missile sale to Iran undermines Middle East"


Mrs.C said...

And these headlines are just intentionally misleading to Israels enemies...
No way this is off the table...

"Russia's decision to sell S-300 to Iran makes military option less viable "

and this, they already took care of back in 2008...

"IAF must 'invest a lot' to overcome Russian S-300 missiles, says former air force official"

Scott said...

The thing that strikes me - though - is the fact that deal or no deal, Iran will continue their quest for a nuke unabated. It really doesn't matter either way. The whole deal is fake anyway, and doesn't prevent them from nuclear development - and OTOH, no deal allows them to continue in their effort for a nuclear weapon...So the whole del/no deal is probably irrelevant

Mrs.C said...

Yup, Iran will continue no matter what...Gods Word says Iran will be severely diminished...and Israel will be severely damaged... But Israel will survive :) Question is, will Israel preempt as they usually do? Bottom line is, IF Israel has Intel that threatens their very existence, they will act no matter what anyone says, and they will not wait...

Scott said...

I just have a feeling they will preempt. I don't see any other way out of this, unless they believe they can continue covert operations to destroy key elements as they are developed or cyber-type espionage.

I just have a feeling Bibi won't rely on that and at some point will take out these facilities...But thats just guesswork on my part