Republicans Announce Plan to Require a Vote on Iran Nuclear Deal

A group of senators said late Wednesday that sanctions would be automatically reimposed if the White House does not consult Congress.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 12: Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) speaks to reporters before going into the Senate Chamber to vote, on October 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. The shut down is currently in it's 12th day.  
National Journal
Clara Ritger
July 23, 2014, 2:42 p.m.

A group of Re­pub­lic­an sen­at­ors wants to re­quire Pres­id­ent Obama to come to Con­gress for ap­prov­al on any nuc­le­ar deal with Ir­an.

Sens. Bob Cork­er of Ten­ness­ee, Lind­sey Gra­ham of South Car­o­lina, Marco Ru­bio of Flor­ida, John Mc­Cain of Ari­zona, and James Risch of Idaho an­nounced late Wed­nes­day a plan to man­date that the pres­id­ent sub­mit a deal to Con­gress for con­sid­er­a­tion with­in three days of con­clud­ing an agree­ment with Ir­an.

Cork­er, the primary spon­sor of the bill, said com­ing to Con­gress is in the pres­id­ent’s in­terest, be­cause it will help garner the sup­port of the Amer­ic­an people for a fi­nal deal.

“Hope­fully, this will be­come something that is very bi­par­tis­an,” Cork­er said. “This bill is about trans­par­ency.”

Ac­cord­ing to the sen­at­ors’ Ir­an Nuc­le­ar Ne­go­ti­ations Act, if the pres­id­ent does not sub­mit a deal to Con­gress, sanc­tions will be auto­mat­ic­ally re­im­posed.

The bill would also auto­mat­ic­ally re­im­pose sanc­tions on Ir­an on Nov. 28 should a deal not be reached by the Nov. 24 dead­line an­nounced last week by the P5+1.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the bill re­quires that Con­gress be in­formed with­in 10 days if the ad­min­is­tra­tion finds that the Ir­a­ni­ans vi­ol­ated the deal or failed to co­oper­ate with the In­ter­na­tion­al Atom­ic En­ergy Agency, which con­ducts in­spec­tions of nuc­le­ar fa­cil­it­ies. If the Ir­a­ni­ans do not hold up their end of the deal, the sen­at­ors said, the sanc­tions would be auto­mat­ic­ally re­im­posed.

Ru­bio said he sup­por­ted le­gis­lat­ing stricter pun­ish­ment for Ir­an if it does not up­hold the bar­gain be­cause he is skep­tic­al that it will.

“They want re­lief from as many sanc­tions as pos­sible without agree­ing to any sanc­tions on their nuc­le­ar pro­gram,” Ru­bio said. “I know that so many oth­er is­sues are go­ing on around the world, but what should not be lost in all of this is the am­bi­tions of a rogue na­tion to ac­quire a nuc­le­ar weapon and es­tab­lish dom­in­ance in the re­gion.”

Gra­ham said be­cause Con­gress im­posed the sanc­tions, it should have a say in wheth­er the deal is strong enough to lift them.

“Pres­id­ent Obama felt he needed con­gres­sion­al ap­prov­al to move for­ward in Syr­ia, and Con­gress should in­sist on be­ing in­volved in any nuc­le­ar deal with Ir­an,” Gra­ham said. “I can­not think of any­thing more ser­i­ous we would vote on oth­er than go­ing to war.”

What We're Following See More »
TAKING A LONG VIEW TO SOUTHERN STATES
In Dropout Speech, Santorum Endorses Rubio
2 days ago
THE DETAILS

As expected after earlier reports on Wednesday, Rick Santorum ended his presidential bid. But less expected: he threw his support to Marco Rubio. After noting he spoke with Rubio the day before for an hour, he said, “Someone who has a real understanding of the threat of ISIS, real understanding of the threat of fundamentalist Islam, and has experience, one of the things I wanted was someone who has experience in this area, and that’s why we decided to support Marco Rubio.” It doesn’t figure to help Rubio much in New Hampshire, but the Santorum nod could pay dividends down the road in southern states.

Source:
‘PITTING PEOPLE AGAINST EACH OTHER’
Rubio, Trump Question Obama’s Mosque Visit
2 days ago
WHY WE CARE

President Obama’s decision to visit a mosque in Baltimore today was never going to be completely uncontroversial. And Donald Trump and Marco Rubio proved it. “Maybe he feels comfortable there,” Trump told interviewer Greta van Susteren on Fox News. “There are a lot of places he can go, and he chose a mosque.” And in New Hampshire, Rubio said of Obama, “Always pitting people against each other. Always. Look at today – he gave a speech at a mosque. Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Muslims.”

Source:
THE TIME IS NOW, TED
Cruz Must Max Out on Evangelical Support through Early March
2 days ago
WHY WE CARE

For Ted Cruz, a strong showing in New Hampshire would be nice, but not necessary. That’s because evangelical voters only make up 21% of the Granite State’s population. “But from the February 20 South Carolina primary through March 15, there are nine states (South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, and North Carolina) with an estimated white-Evangelical percentage of the GOP electorate over 60 percent, and another four (Texas, Kansas, Louisiana, and Missouri) that come in over 50 percent.” But after that, he better be in the catbird’s seat, because only four smaller states remain with evangelical voter majorities.

Source:
CHRISTIE, BUSH TRYING TO TAKE HIM DOWN
Rubio Now Winning the ‘Endorsement Primary’
2 days ago
WHY WE CARE

Since his strong third-place finish in Iowa, Marco Rubio has won endorsement by two sitting senators and two congressmen, putting him in the lead for the first time of FiveThirtyEight‘s Endorsement Tracker. “Some politicians had put early support behind Jeb Bush — he had led [their] list since August — but since January the only new endorsement he has received was from former presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham.” Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that fueled by resentment, “members of the Bush and Christie campaigns have communicated about their mutual desire to halt … Rubio’s rise in the polls.”

Source:
ARE YOU THE GATEKEEPER?
Sanders: Obama Is a Progressive
1 days ago
THE LATEST

“Do I think President Obama is a progressive? Yeah, I do,” said Bernie Sanders, in response to a direct question in tonight’s debate. “I think they’ve done a great job.” But Hillary Clinton wasn’t content to sit out the latest chapter in the great debate over the definition of progressivism. “In your definition, with you being the gatekeeper of progressivism, I don’t think anyone else fits that definition,” she told Sanders.

×