The House overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday that would give Congress a say in nuclear negotiations between President Obama, Iran, and other world leaders.
The “Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act” was passed 400 to 25 by the House Thursday, with only 19 Republicans and six Democrats voting against the legislation. The Senate voted 98 to 1 in favor of the bill last week.
The bill, which now heads to the White House for Obama’s signature, requires the president to submit any nuclear deal with Iran to Congress before any sanctions can be lifted. It has a veto-proof majority in both houses.
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“Only a strong agreement that is verifiable and enforceable can truly hold Iran accountable and halt their nuclear ambitions,” said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, after the vote. Corker, along with Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., sponsored the bill in the Senate.
As the major world powers work toward a final agreement, it is important our negotiators remain clear-eyed. Enacting this bill into law will send a clear signal to Iran that Congress will play a role, which can give our negotiators an even stronger hand at the table and slow the administration from rushing headlong into a bad deal.
“This is why Congress must have a role in reviewing any potential deal the president cuts with Iran. The American people are worried – and America’s allies are worried – that the White House will do anything to get one. So my colleagues and I have one goal: stop a bad deal. The bipartisan legislation the House passed today is the only way Congress will have that opportunity,” said House Speaker John Boehner in a statement Thursday.
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As The Blaze points out, Obama did not want this bill passed at all, but relented once both parties came to terms in the Senate. Assuming the bill is signed into law, two-thirds of each chamber must vote against any deal put forth by the president to strike it down.
h/t: The Hill
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