It’s a letter to Tehran, but it’s also addressed to the White House.
Republican senators wrote the leadership of Iran on Monday to warn that any nuclear deal they think they’re getting with President Obama will be empty when he leaves office if the Senate doesn’t approve of it.
Led by Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, the 47 senators wrote than an “executive agreement” between Secretary of State John Kerry and the Iranians will be worthless without the Senate’s approval if President Obama’s successor disagrees with it, according to Fox News.
“The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time,” they wrote.
“We hope this letter enriches your knowledge of our constitutional system and promotes mutual understanding and clarity as nuclear negotiations progress.”
Besides informing the Tehran regime that the Senate has a role to play – and it’s not likely the Iranians didn’t know that – the letter was likely a reminder to President Obama that his negotiating power is limited to his term in office.
Congressional support would be needed for a longer-range agreement, like the rumored 10-year deal Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washing to denounce last week.
No Democrats joined in signing the letter.
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