Obama Would Veto Bill Giving Congress Power Over Iran Deal

Congressional Hawks Seek Bill That Would Allow Them to Kill Deal

With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heading to Congress this week to lobby for them to do something to kill the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran, the White House is making it clear they intend to veto the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act.

The act, pushed by hawks in the Senate, would effectively give Congress veto power over the negotiations, and is being sought with a tacit assumption that the Congressional leadership would block any deal, per Netanyahu’s request.

Sen. Bob Corker (R – TN) one of the bill’s sponsors, is arguing Obama’s veto threat shows he “feels he is the only one who speaks for the citizens of our country.”

Yet giving Congress veto power over the deal during the negotiation phase would make completing the talks all but impossible, and would leave the US negotiators in a weaker bargaining position, as they couldn’t necessarily deliver what they promise.

AIPAC is lobbying heavily against the negotiations, and has been supporting Congressional efforts to either get a veto power over the talks, or failing that to sabotage the talks with a new round of sanctions violating the interim deal.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.