Congress Can Kill Obama’s Iran Deal (But It Won’t)
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Andrew McCarthy, in NR, explains that, not only can the Republican majority in Congress stop Barack Obama’s Iran Treaty, on the basis of the terms of last April’s Constitution-reversing Corker Bill, Congress is obliged to.
While maddening, the Corker bill is not an abject congressional surrender to Obama and Tehran. It is a conditional surrender. It would grant Obama grudging congressional endorsement of the deal in the absence of a now unattainable veto-proof resolution of disapproval, but only if Obama fulfills certain basic terms. Obama has not complied with the most basic one: the mandate that he provide the complete Iran deal for Congressâ€™s consideration. Therefore, notwithstanding Washingtonâ€™s frenzied assumption that the 60-day period for a congressional vote is winding down, the clock has never actually started to run. Congressâ€™s obligations under Corker have never been triggered; the Corker process is moot. …
The Corker legislation â€” formally known as the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 â€” is crystal clear. In its very first section, the act requires the president to transmit to Congress â€œthe agreement. . . . including all related materials and annexes.â€ It is too late to do that now: the act dictates that it was to have been done â€œnot later than five days after reaching the agreementâ€ â€” meaning July 19, since the agreement was finalized on July 14. Underscoring the mandate that all relevant understandings in the Iran deal â€” including, of course, the essential understandings â€” must be provided to lawmakers, the act explicitly spells out a definition of the â€œAgreementâ€ in subsection (h)(1). Under it, this is what the administration was required to give Congress over six weeks ago in order to trigger the afore-described Corker review process:
The term â€˜agreementâ€™ means an agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran . . . regardless of the form it takes, . . . including any joint comprehensive plan of action entered into or made between Iran and any other parties, and any additional materials related thereto, including annexes, appendices, codicils, side agreements, implementing materials, documents, and guidance, technical or other understandings, and any related agreements, whether entered into or implemented prior to the agreement or to be entered into or implemented in the future.
The act could not be more emphatic: To get the advantage of the favorable Corker formula that allows him to lift the anti-nuclear sanctions with only one-third congressional support, the president was required to supply Congress with every scintilla of information regarding verification. …
It is not enough to say that Congress has no obligation to proceed with the Corker review process. It would, under the act, be impermissible for Congress to do so.
Read the whole thing.
Of course, the sad reality is the Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are conscious that democrats are wilier and more determined than they are, and have, in everything, the backing of the national media. They have a majority of both houses of Congress and polls show that two thirds of the public opposes the Iran Deal, and they still won’t fight.