I didn’t think it would actually happen… Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would go through. Congress just gave up its ability to stop Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.
The United States Senate voted 98-1 to give up their treaty ratification powers. Isn’t that pathetic? The only Senator to vote against the deal was Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR). Here is what he had to say:
“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. President Obama wants to reverse this rule, requiring opponents to get a two-thirds vote to stop his dangerous deal…”
He’s absolutely right. Instead of Congress having the power to approve the treaty, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act gives Congress the power to disapprove of the treaty. Believe it or not, this is an important distinction.
If the nuclear deal was classified as a treaty, it would require 67 Senators to ratify it. If it failed to get that threshold, the agreement would be dead in the water. There would be nothing Obama could do about it.
But Mitch McConnell and other Republicans blocked amendments to treat the agreement as a treaty.
Instead, under the bill, Congress will have the power to disapprove of the treaty. And if Obama vetoes their Resolution of Disapproval, then it takes 67 Senators to override the veto and stop it.
The first way gives Congress, specifically the GOP, all of the power. The second way gives the Democrats the power because it only takes 34 Democrats to side with the President for the veto override to fail and for the agreement to go into effect.
It’s not over, though. This horrible bill may have passed the Senate, but it still has to pass through the House. That is where we will stop it!
All it takes is for the House to amend the bill to classify the Iran nuclear deal as a treaty. That should have been the case all along but Senate Republicans decided to sacrifice their integrity to make friends with the Democrats.
This law may be called the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, but in reality it does the opposite. It makes it harder for the GOP to stop the agreement.
For goodness sake, a top Iranian military commander said just yesterday that Iran would “welcome war with the US.”
On top of that, Iran’s military also announced this week that regardless of what Obama’s nuclear agreement looks like, inspectors will never be allowed into Iran’s military facilities.
So they’re agreeing to pull back the curtains on their nuclear program but refuse to allow inspectors into any military facilities? Nothing to see here…
This is the stuff I’m talking about. Iran has no intention of following the agreement and it isn’t being written to force compliance. It is being written as a monument to Barack Obama.
The House of Representatives must amend the legislation to officially classify the agreement as a treaty. It is the only way to stop a horrible agreement from going through. Otherwise, all Obama needs is 34 Democrats and he gets what he wants.