- Senate Flexes Muscles on Iran
- April 21, 2015
- Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
- In a rare show of bipartisan unanimity, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, by a vote of 19-0, passed legislation that gives Congress the power to approve or shoot down the U.S.-Iran nuclear agreement that the Obama administration has been negotiating.
The bipartisan love fest over what had been a controversial proposal was made possible by a last minute deal by Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) and Senator Ben Cardin - the committee's ranking Democrat. Indeed, by the end of the day, even the Obama White House, which had been threatening to veto any legislation, was on board and supportive.
Senate GOP leadership signaled that the bill could now come to the Senate floor as early as next week.
The Corker-Cardin deal jettisons controversial language in the bill that would have required President Obama to certify that Iran has not been supporting or carrying out terrorist acts against the United States or American citizens.
That and other changes to the bill, including language that could shorten the congressional-review period for the measure, could help draw more Democrats to support it.
Several Democrats—and the White House—had objected to the terrorism language in the bill that Corker and Democrat Bob Menendez initially introduced.