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March 26, 2015 1:34 pm

Sen. Schumer Announces Cosponsorship of Bill Requiring Congressional Review of Iran Deal

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Senator Chuck Schumer is a cosponsor of a legislation that would require Congressional review of a nuclear deal. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – As the March 31 deadlines approaches for a political framework agreement in the nuclear talks between the P5+1 powers (a group that includes America) and Iran, US Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday announced that he is adding his name to the list of cosponsors of legislation that would require Congressional review of a nuclear deal.

The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, sponsored by US Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), stipulates that President Barack Obama must submit the text of a nuclear pact to Congress within five days of a deal being reached. The legislation also prohibits the president from suspending, waiving, or reducing Congressional sanctions against Iran for 60 days. Schumer had already publicly supported the Corker-Menendez oversight bill before officially announcing his cosponsorship on Thursday.

“We must do everything to prevent a nuclear Iran and so any potential agreement must prevent Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon,” Schumer said in a statement. “Congress played a lead role in crafting the tough-and-effective sanctions regime that brought Iran to the table, and Congress should have a role on how those sanctions are altered in any final agreement with Iran. That’s why I strongly support this legislation, which will give Congress the ability to weigh in on any potential Iran deal. This issue is far too important—for the United States, for Israel, for the entire Middle East—for Congress not to have any ability to review a nuclear deal with Iran.”

According to the bill, after the 60-day Congressional review period, the president would be required to assess Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal every 90 days. The legislation’s other cosponsors include Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Heidi Heitkamp (R-N.D.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Angus King (I-Maine), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Ark.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.). The addition of Schumer brings the list of cosponsors to 20.

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  • Chaim

    “There will be a demonstration in front of his office at 780 Third Avenue, between 48th & 49th Streets on Friday, March 27, at noon demanding that he commit to the override. Let’s see what happens.”

    Helen, WADR, you have to give people some notice, and please update your email list.

  • madeleine raphael

    This is encouraging news. Something must be done to make sure there are checks and balances out there. I have never felt so mistrustful of any president and his state department in the many years I have voted. I am ashamed of the choice we made when we voted Obama into office. This is a small, immature, vindictive individual who cannot be trusted.

  • We’re glad to see a bipartisan bill that is so sensible & important!!

  • Helen Freedman

    Senator Schumer is late in coming to the party. At least a dozen of his colleagues were the original creators and co-sponsors of the Iran Nuclear Review Act of 2015. The problem is, President Obama has threatened to veto the legislation. Senator Schumer must agree to vote to override the veto. His talk of being the Shomare of the Jewish population is meaningless if he allows Israel and America to proceed under the threat of a nuclear Iran.
    There will be a demonstration in front of his office at 780 Third Avenue, between 48th & 49th Streets on Friday, March 27, at noon demanding that he commit to the override. Let’s see what happens.

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