Senate Republicans Threaten To Block New Iran Nuclear Deal

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Assessment: One of the main sticking points in negotiations has been Iran’s insistence that any sanctions relief provided under the deal be permanent and irreversible …

Forty-nine Senate Republicans are threatening to derail the Biden administration’s efforts to secure a new Iran nuclear agreement within the coming days.

Any new agreement that “does not have strong bipartisan support in Congress will not survive,” the senators said in a statement issued Monday and provided to the White House. The lawmakers warned the administration that if it bypasses Congress and agrees to a deal without first allowing a vote in the Senate—as is required under a 2015 law—they will do “everything in our power to reverse it.”

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“The administration has thus far refused to commit to submit a new Iran deal to the Senate for ratification as a treaty, as per its constitutional obligation, or for review under statutory requirements that passed on a bipartisan basis in response to the 2015 deal,” the senators said, according to a copy of the statement obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. “Additionally, despite earlier promises to the contrary, the administration has failed to adequately consult with Congress.” Every Republican senator except Rand Paul (Ky.) signed on to the statement, signaling widespread unity in opposition to a new deal.

The statement is the latest warning to the White House that a new Iran deal has little chance of surviving into the future. One of the main sticking points in negotiations has been Iran’s insistence that any sanctions relief provided under the deal be permanent and irreversible. If the Biden administration refuses to let Congress vote on the deal, there will be little it can do to stop Republicans from nixing the agreement and reversing Tehran’s sanctions relief.

The Obama administration’s decision to ink a deal without Congress is what allowed former president Donald Trump to so easily abandon the accord. The Republican senators say this outcome will be repeated.

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