Rep. Gary Palmer supported H.R.1191, known as the Corker-Cardin bill, which came before the House today. Noting that Iran is the foremost state sponsor of terrorism in the world, he says the following:
"I am deeply concerned about the Administration's pending deal with Iran. I have no faith that Iran will abide by any agreement. The limited details of the agreement the Administration is negotiating that have been announced so far indicate that the deal is does not achieve the goal of ending Iran's nuclear program.
"It is unfortunate that the process by which this bill was considered did not allow for committee consideration or opportunities to propose amendments. I believe Congress should have a much stronger role in any deal with Iran. The President should understand that we will have an opportunity to disapprove of any deal he would make and I hope Congress will act on the disapproval authority should the deal come out in a manner that is harmful to America and our allies."
H.R. 1191 allows for a 60 day review period before congressionally passed sanctions are lifted. Currently, the President has unilateral authority to lift sanctions without any review. The bill also allows for Congress to pass a resolution of disapproval. Since President Obama can veto such a resolution, it will take a two-thirds vote to stop the President from lifting sanctions. It would take a separate, affirmative vote by Congress to make any agreement, such as a treaty, that would bind a future President.