Senate Foreign Relations Committee Reaches Deal to Modify Iran Oversight Bill
JNS.org – A bipartisan deal has been reached among the leading members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on modifying a bill that would give Congress oversight of a final nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran.
According to the parameters of the deal negotiated by committee leaders U.S. Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the initial 60-day period for Congress to review a nuclear deal in the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 would be cut in half to 30 days, the New York Times reported. The review period also includes a maximum period of 12 days for the president to decide whether to accept or veto a Congressional decision on the deal.
Additionally, Corker agreed to modify the bill’s language on terrorism. The bill originally called for the president to certify to Congress every 90 days that Iran was not involved in terrorism against Americans, with sanctions being re-imposed if Iran was found complicit in terror. Under the new language, the president would need to send Congress periodic reports on Iran’s involvement in terrorism and on its ballistic missile program, but the details of those reports would not set off the renewal of sanctions that were lifted under the nuclear deal.
While President Barack Obama has said he would veto any Congressional oversight bill on Iran, Democrats in the Senate are hoping that with strong bipartisan support, Obama would reconsider.
The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act—in its new form—is scheduled to be voted on in the Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday afternoon, and would then head to the Senate floor for a full vote.