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April 13, 2015 11:41 pm

AIPAC Says President Obama ‘Should Welcome Congressional Review’ of Iran Nuclear Deal

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Major pro-Israel lobby the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Monday said that President Obama should welcome congressional review of any nuclear deal reached between the US and Iran.

In a statement endorsing the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, AIPAC said, “If the agreement achieves US objectives, it will withstand congressional scrutiny, and the president should welcome congressional review.”

The group explained, “An agreement with such profound national security implications as this one must be subjected to the constitutional system of checks and balances that is the bedrock of our democracy.”

The bipartisan legislation, authored by Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), provides Congress the opportunity to review any deal prior to Iran receiving sanctions relief and establishes the procedure for Congress to vote on the agreement.

Explaining the bill, which may yet be modified on the insistence of Senate Democrats seeking to restrict limitations it puts in the president, AIPAC said, “If Congress adopts a joint resolution that disapproves of the agreement, the bill prohibits the president from providing Iran statutory sanctions relief. The joint resolution would be subject to a presidential veto.”

The bill would also “require the president to notify Congress of any credible and accurate information related to a potentially significant breach of the agreement. The president must then determine if the violation constitutes a ‘material breach’ of the agreement.”

The legislation is set to be voted on this week after being marked up by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday.

AIPAC pointed out that major polls have consistently shown that Americans overwhelmingly support congressional review of any deal with Iran, and that Congress has historically overseen significant non-proliferation and arms control treaties.

Recent Pew Research Center and Rasmussen Reports each found that more than 60 percent of respondents believe Congress should have final authority for approving a deal, and a Fox News poll found that 76 percent of respondents believe President Obama should be should be required to get congressional approval for any deal reached with Iran on its nuclear program.

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  • I have a firm believe that no one can succeed in distroying that ” small land of Israel” and his population. It is sacred ,cherished, and blessed by God almighty.
    Any attempt of any nuclear destruction against that small country will surely go back to the senders like a miracle.
    Iran should simply save the future of their children and generations unborn by using their secret nuclear for the good of their population, because no body can take AllAH(GOD) for granted or blasphame his name and go free.
    HE is still the almighty in any battle!……

  • Yale

    It’s not just the content of the deal that suggests the need for Congressional oversight and consideration: Negotiation 101 and Startegic Theory 101 both show why the need for having a third party’s approval strengthens a negotiating position.

    Obama’s insistence on cutting Congress out has actually undermined his ability to negotiate with Iran.

  • Larry Andrews

    What took AIPAC so long??!! President Obama is the most anti-Israeli President in the history of the United States! Furthermore, President Obama constantly contradicts himself denying what he did and did not say.
    The “Good News” is that in 20 months it will be FORMER President Obama!!

  • The whole debacle is now out of Obama’s hands. He has been taken in by Iran simply because he is not smart enough to handle such a snake as Iran. His connections with the Muslim Brotherhood have made him a threat for some time now. The US need to remove him unless he can be used as a useful pawn in a very powerful game? At all costs nuclear bombs must be avoided. The fall out from a nuclear bomb of today’s capacity with westerly prevailing winds will spread across the whole of the Med up to Northern Europe. Should Iran drop via Russia in other words flying over the north Pole the devastation on the US eastern coast will be virtually total. So let’s all hope Sunnia and Shia go head to head within their own territories and annihilate each other. After such a scenario Islam must be eradicated world wide otherwise the ugly Hydra head of the monster will only arise again and again to be slain.

  • ted weiss

    why should he ,as if the congress finds the fine print
    of the deal they will never vote for it

  • Please, we all must email the 2 representatives named above and our own state represenitives, insisting that this bill be nullified rendered moot.
    Let it go back to the Muslim President, the House and Senate can still override the bill by a two thirds majority.
    If we sit by idly allowing a tyrannical, theocratic, myopic regime to arm itself with sophisticated weapons, then the door to Armageddon has been opened.
    Next step ICBM MISSLES AIMED, At Washington, NYC, Paris who knows one can never analyze deranged sociopathic minds.
    We are allowing along with the Russians Pandora to have the box to open.
    Are the Russians so naive to think they are not on the Mullahs hit list, fools !

  • Lauren Goldman

    Obama is willing to give away the farm, if it will enhance his legacy. If there is any justice, he will not like what his true legacy will be after this fiasco with Iran and his ongoing condemnation of Israel, ever since last summer’s war of defense against Hamas.

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