President Agrees To Iran Deal; Congress Not So Sure

July 14, 2015

This morning, President Obama announced a deal that will allow Iran to keep nuclear centrifuges and conduct ongoing research and development with limited nuclear enrichment.  We have reached peace in our time.

The deal now goes before Congress which will have 60 days to review.  Senator David Perdue, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is first out of the gate this morning with reaction from Georgia’s delegation in Congress:

“Let’s be clear, this agreement is not final. Georgians and the American people, through Congressional representation, must sign off on the negotiated terms, and because of our bipartisan efforts Congress will have 60 days to do so. As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, I will review this agreement with the utmost scrutiny to ensure we remain steadfast in our efforts to halt the expansion of nuclear arms now and down the road.

“Right now, I remain extremely concerned that this deal does not go far enough to fully prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capability and ensure anytime, anywhere inspections access of all nuclear and military sites. If this requires walking away from such a deal and strengthening sanctions, I will encourage President Obama to consider this course of action. To be clear, rejecting this agreement is not condoning war, it is standing firm for peace and against Iranian aggression.”

Troubling is this passage from a review of the agreement on CNBC:

Congress will now have 60 days to review the deal and, if it rejects the deal, Obama would be able to veto the legislative branch’s rejection.

I was not under the impression as this was being negotiated that Congressional oversight was subject to a Presidential veto, and am not sure that it’s correct.  If it is, this 60 day review is little more than Kabuki theater, and Iran can already be thinking of who it will arm with the $100 Billion we just agreed to give them.

Peach Pundit/GA Politics

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