On Thursday, U.S. Senate passed a bill with overwhelming majority, giving sweeping powers to the Congress in the pending nuclear deal with Iran. The Senate approved the bill 98-to-1, granting Congress 30 days to review any final nuclear agreement with Iran and pass a resolution of disapproval. If Congress rejects the nuclear deal, it could curb President Obama’s ability to lift some of the sanctions against Iran.
The White House initially opposed the bill asking Senate Democrats to reject the bill, citing concerns that a legislative move at this stage could hamper the ongoing international with negotiations with Iran. The administration retreated from its tough stand after realising overwhelming support amongst Senate Democrats in favour of the legislation.
In case President Obama decides to push ahead despite congressional disapproval, he would only be able to lift sanctions imposed against Iranian Regime by the executive wing of the government, leaving sanctions drafted by the Congress untouched.
President Obama could use his executive powers to lift bulk of sanctions imposed against Tehran. This relief in conjunction with United Nation’s and European Union’s easing of sanctions, could allow a nuclear deal with Iran to go through.
An overwhelming approval of the bill by the Senate Democrats reveals Obama administration’s inability to make a convincing case within the Democratic establishment for a negotiated deal with Iran.