by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
A bipartisan supermajority in Congress voted on Thursday night to require that any nuclear agreement with Iran must also address Iran’s support for terrorism in the region, and that the U.S.should not lift sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
The non-binding resolution also stated that the administration should address Iran’s illegal ballistic missile program and China’s continuing purchases of Iranian oil that evade U.S. sanctions.
It’s unclear whether the Senate would have the opportunity to advise and consent on any deal that is struck as it would a treaty. The original 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) was not presented to the Senate as a treaty and Congress was unable to give a meaningful vote on the agreement.
But Biden may be under considerable pressure from Senate Democrats to allow a vote on the deal. The Democrats know they are vulnerable on this issue and need the cover of a vote to weather what is certain to be fierce Republican attacks. …
… Iran wants the sanctions lifted while keeping their terrorist force, the IRGC, and their ever-improving ICBMs that threaten Israel, the Europeans, and soon, the USA.
Barack Obama caved on all of those issues and even paid billions of dollars to ransom American hostages who were being held in Iran. What worked with Obama might work with his underling Biden, reasons the mullahs.
But getting Congress to go along won’t be that easy this time. …
… Statements are not policy and Democrats can afford to appear tough in an election year. But whose side will they be on when push comes to shove and Biden puts the screws to his party’s senators to vote to consent to the nuclear deal with Iran?