Corker believes his Iran bill has veto-proof majority
Senator Bob Corker (R-Tn) believes that his bill requiring Congress to vote up or down on any agreement that President Hussein Obama makes with Iran has a veto-proof majority
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said
Monday he's confident his bill to restrict President Barack Obama's
ability to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran can survive a threatened
"Look, I don’t ever want to overcommit and
under-deliver,” Corker told reporters Monday evening. “We are moving in a
very positive direction, and we’ve worked through some issues that I
think have given me a lot of hope. ... I think that this weekend has
been very productive.”
Corker's bill, scheduled for markup in the
Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday afternoon, would grant Congress
the final vote on any nuclear agreement the U.S. and its five
negotiating partners reach with Iran. Congress would have two months to
review the deal, and during that time the president would be prevented
from easing economic sanctions on Iran.
“It’s really a resolution of disapproval,” Corker said of the nuclear talks, which face a June 30 deadline.
bill is roughly three votes short of the 67 needed to override a veto.
However, members of the committee have filed at least 52 amendments to the legislative text, meaning that the results of the markup may drastically alter the vote count in either direction.
Corker ultimately decides which amendments to put up for a committee
vote. On Monday, he seemed unlikely to consider those that would
significantly alter his original text.
“I feel like were going to
present a bill tomorrow that keeps 100 percent of the integrity of the
process relevant to the nuclear agreement in place,” Corker said,
emphasizing the need for Congress to vote on the agreement and to
postpone sanctions relief.
At the same time, Corker acknowledged
the need to woo Democrats, including those hesitant to support to a bill
the White House insists will sabotage peaceful nuclear negotiations.
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