The Senate voted almost unanimously Thursday on a measure that would give Congress a say in any nuclear negotiations between President Obama, Iran, and other world leaders.
The upper chamber voted 98 to 1 Thursday on the “Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act,” Breitbart reported. Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Robert Menendez, D-N.J., sponsored the legislation, which requires the president to submit any nuclear deal with Iran to Congress before lifting any sanctions.
The bill was passed with large bipartisan support despite objections from the White House. “No bill, no review,” said Corker, who is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations panel. The panel passed the Iran bill unanimously out of committee ahead of the full Senate vote.
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If passed, the legislation would prohibit Obama from waiving congressional sanctions for 30 days while Congress examines any final deal. If Senators disapprove of a deal, the president would forfeit his ability to waive economic sanctions Congress imposed on Iran, Fox News pointed out.
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., was the only “no” vote. “A nuclear-arms agreement with any adversary—especially the terror-sponsoring, Islamist Iranian regime—should be submitted as a treaty and obtain a two-thirds majority vote in the Senate as required by the Constitution,” Cotton said in a statement explaining his vote.
The House is slated to take up the legislation sometime next week. “This important, bipartisan legislation will ensure that Congress has a role in reviewing any potential agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear weapons program,” said Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
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Our goal is to stop a bad agreement that could pave the way to a nuclear-armed Iran, set off a regional nuclear arms race, and strengthen and legitimize the government of Iran – which threatens Israel and other allies in the region, as well as supports terrorism throughout the Middle East.
h/t: Fox News
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