Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:20
In an open letter to the leaders of the Iranian regime, 47 Republican senators on Monday warned that any nuclear deal brokered without their approval could be undone “with the stroke of a pen.”
The letter, authored by Republican Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and co-signed by 46 other Republican lawmakers, seeks to inform the regime’s leaders that any nuclear agreement involving the United States could face constitutional hurdles.
“It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system,” the senators wrote.
“Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution—the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices—which you should seriously consider as negotiations progress. Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement,” they added.
Signers of the letter included all of the Senate’s Republican leaders, and possible 2016 presidential contenders Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul.
One Senate Republican who did not sign was Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker. An aide said Corker is focused on getting a veto-proof majority to support his legislation, backed by both Republicans and Democrats, that would require Congress’ authorization of an Iran deal.