Ted Cruz and a huge coalition of his colleagues in the Senate sent a nasty warning to President Biden on Tuesday, telling him that he must get clearance from the upper chamber before he can move forward with reviving the Iran nuclear deal, especially if he has any chance of it succeeding.
The Biden administration has made numerous statements that confirm that negotiations with Iran have not reached an inflection point politically. Cruz’s letter makes clear Biden’s obligations that he must fulfill when it comes to congressional oversight of this type of agreement. Cruz also reminded Biden that his deal will not last for very long, even if he comes to an agreement with them.
A portion of the letter reads, “We reiterate our view that any agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear program is of such gravity for U.S. national security that by definition it is a treaty requiring Senate advice and consent. Furthermore, a genuinely robust nuclear agreement with Iran would be compelling enough to secure assent from two-thirds of the Senate — and the only reason not to present it for a resolution of ratification is that it is too weak to pass muster. Any agreement related to Iran’s nuclear program which is not a treaty ratified by the Senate is subject to being reversed, and indeed will likely be torn up, in the opening days of the next Presidential administration, as early as January 2025. That timeline is roughly as long as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) survived implementation, and potentially even shorter.”
It then continues, “In the meantime, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015… mandates that your administration submits to Congress for evaluation, within 5 days after it is reached, any agreement related to the nuclear program with Iran, as well as all related documents and side deals. The submission of such materials then triggers a statutorily-defined review process, and includes the possibility of Congress blocking implementation of the agreement.”
This might sound familiar to you, and if it does it’s because back in 2015 when Obama was President, they were working on a deal with Iran to give them money and access to the global economy again if they would comply with the nuclear program. GOP senators raised some of the same points Cruz is, and a letter was sent to Iran directly to say that Obama couldn’t make an agreement without ratification in the senate.
Now many of these Republicans are back to give Biden a reality check about what he can and cannot do without permission.
Author: Jordan Rocher