Thune: White House Must Not Bypass Congress on Iran Deal

“Circumventing elected members of Congress to gain approval from an international organization … shows the president holds the opinion of the United Nations in higher esteem than that of the American people.”

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, today urged the White House to halt any plans to circumvent Congress on the Iran deal:

“President Obama should immediately halt any plans to seek the United Nation’s approval of the Iran nuclear deal before Congress reviews it. Circumventing elected members of Congress to gain approval from an international organization before Congress has had a chance to review the agreement shows the president holds the opinion of the United Nations in higher esteem than that of the American people.”

Reports indicate that the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. has been circulating a draft of a resolution in support of the Iran nuclear agreement to the U.N. Security Council, in anticipation of a possible vote next week. This U.N. resolution appears to be an attempt by the Obama administration to circumvent the mandatory 60-day congressional review period for the Iran nuclear agreement. The 60-day period was established by the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, legislation which the president signed into law after it passed Congress with widespread bipartisan support from 98 Senators and 400 Representatives.

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