posted at 02:50
Author Name: Brett LoGiurato
Iran Nuke Deal To Bypass Congress?
AP/Evan Vucci President Barack ObamaAnonymous Obama administration officials suggested that President Barack Obama might try to circumvent Congress on approval of any deal with Iran on its nuclear program, prompting bipartisan backlash from members of Congress and from pundits. The New York Times' David Sanger reported Monday that if Iran and the six world powers do agree to a deal on its nuclear program by a Nov. 24 deadline, Obama will do "Everything in his power to avoid letting Congress vote on it." The administration has concluded that Obama has the authority to suspend certain sanctions imposed on Iran under any deal, based on an unreleased study from the Treasury Department. "By threatening to cut out Congress from the Iran nuclear deal, the administration is actually uniting Congress," said Sen. Mark Kirk, a key co-sponsor of bipartisan sanctions legislation. He said the White House is consulting and will continue to consult with Congress on the Iran deal. "The administration believes that Congress has a very important role to play on the Iran nuclear issue. If you read it, our take was that the story conflated two separate issues: When and how congressional action will be needed to suspend and/or lift the sanctions, and whether we believe they should take up and up-or-down vote on the deal." Along with Kirk, Sen. Robert Menendez has sponsored legislation that would impose new sanctions on Iran if the parties fail to agree on a deal by the deadline. "The administration has been signaling for months that it will ignore Congress and impose a deal over their objections for one simple reason: The White House knows that any agreement it reaches with Iran will not meet the minimum bipartisan deal criteria set out in the Menendez-Kirk legislation that enjoys the support of 60 Democratic and Republican senators," Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told Business Insider.

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