Having failed in an effort to block the US from taking part in the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, AIPAC is now pushing a new bill in the Senate, dubbed the Iran Policy Oversight Act, aimed at granting the Senate leadership with more oversight over the deal, and easing the imposition of new sanctions against Iran to replace the ones the deal requires the US to remove.
The bill was pushed by two of the high-profile opponents of the deal, Sens. Ben Cardin (D – MD) and Chuck Schumer (D – NY), with Sen. Bob Corker (R – TN) considering joining the sponsorship of the “bipartisan” bill, presented as “fixing” the deal.
Sen. Cardin says previous US hostility toward Iran was more effective because of the Congressional unity across party lines to that end, and is hoping to bring the Democrats back into the fold with the new bill, which also includes a hefty amount of additional aid for Israel.
Sticking aid to Israel into a bill that does something else is usually a safe way to drum up support for it, but the risk of the bill undermining the nuclear deal already in place may be setting it up for another failure by mustering the substantial existing support among Senate Dems for allowing the deal to survive.