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Monday, July 20, 2015

Schumer won't commit on Iran sellout voting

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has decided to stick out his finger to see which way the wind is blowing before making up his mind how to vote on President Hussein Obama's sellout to Iran.
“This is one of the most serious decisions any member of the House or Senate is going to have to make,” Schumer told reporters at his weekly press conference in New York. “I’m going to go over this agreement with a fine-toothed comb, looking at it extremely carefully.”
Schumer said he was “one of the people who led the charge to say Congress should get the right to examine this agreement before it goes into effect” and that he’ll consult with many experts before deciding. “To not do that now wouldn’t make much sense,” he said.
But which agreement will he examine? It seems there are now three of them - the US version, the Iranian version and the UN version.
In the meantime, Andrew McCarthy argues that Congress should ignore the Corker bill and insist on treating this agreement (whichever one it is) as a treaty.
It is time to end the Kabuki theater. 
The Corker Bill and its ballyhooed 60-day review process that undermines the Constitution is a sideshow. If you scrutinize President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, you find that the president ignores the existence of the Corker process. So should Congress. 
Obama’s Iran deal also ignores the existence of Congress itself – at least, of the United States Congress. As I’ve previously detailed (piggy-backing on characteristically perceptive analysis by AEI’s Fred Kagan), the deal does expressly defer to the Iranian Congress, conceding that key Iranian duties are merely provisional until the jihadist regime’s parliament, the Majlis, has an opportunity to review them as required by Iran’s sharia constitution. The United States Constitution, however, is a nullity in the eyes and actions of this imperial White House. Enough is enough – way beyond enough. 
The Congress, particularly the Senate, has not only a clear justification but a constitutional duty to scrap the legally defective and, now, factually nigh-irrelevant Corker review process, codified as the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. I am proud of having been an adamant opponent of the Corker Bill since it was first proposed, but that is neither here nor there at this point. Even supporters of the Corker Bill must now see that the legislation anticipated and is designed to address an international agreement that is fundamentally different from the one the Obama administration has struck with America’s enemies.
McCarthy makes some excellent legal arguments as well. Read the whole thing.

In the meantime, Schumer claims his vote isn't automatic either.
Schumer dismissed claims that he won’t go against the president in order to keep his hope of becoming the next Senate Democratic leader. “When I think the president is wrong, I go against him,” he said, pointing to his recent opposition to the trade bill (TPA). “There are times when I’ve broken with the president before, when I really think that I have a different point of view, and the right thing is not what he is doing.” 
Hope springs eternal.

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At 7:42 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Oh please. Congress folded a long long time ago. This is all theater. Obama went to the UN first so as to reinforce the idea that Congress is a pointless body with no will or power to do anything other than squawk and whine. And if 'the loyal opposition' puts up the merest fight at all Obama will execute his wishes by Executive Decree and make vague threats to send the IRS and FBI after the malcontents.


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