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July 24, 2015

Freedom Watch Sues to Stop Iran Deal

Despite agreement on both sides of the aisle that the Iran nuclear agreement is not a treaty, a conservative activist group filed suit to block the measure as unconstitutional.

Freedom Watch announced the lawsuit on Thursday, arguing that by approving the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, the Senate forfeited it’s right to approve of a treaty’s ratification by a two-thirds majority and changed the way treaties are ratified, who they are ratified by, and the required number of votes for approval.

“The Defendants gave away the carefully-crafted protections of the U.S. Constitution meant to preserve the liberties and ‘provide for the common defense’ of American citizens,” the group said in a statement.

The suit names President Barack Obama for signing the review act and Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.; Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; and Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., for voting in favor of the review act.

“These representatives acted in disregard of their obligations to uphold the U.S. Constitution,” Larry Klayman, Freedom Watch’s founder, said in the statement.

The administration and Congress argue that the agreement is not a treaty and therefore does not require a two-thirds consent of the Senate.

Related:

Iran Deal: Treaty or Not?

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July 23, 2015

Kerry Gives Forceful Iran Deal Defense, but Republicans Aren’t Buying (Video)

Secretary of State John Kerry heads to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Iran Nuclear Agreement on Thursday, July 23, 2015. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Secretary of State John Kerry heads to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Iran Nuclear Agreement. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With a day of testimony on both sides of the Capitol Thursday to sell the Iran deal, Secretary of State John Kerry forcefully defended it amid sharp attacks and questioning mostly from Republicans.

Two presidential hopefuls, Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida, looked to capitalize on their chances to directly question Kerry before the television cameras. Full story

By Matthew Fleming Posted at 3:56 p.m.
Iran

Ted Cruz Debates Protesters at Anti-Iran Deal Event

Protesters square off Thursday over the Iran deal at Lafayette Square. (Nicole Puglise/CQ Roll Call)

Protesters square off Thursday over the Iran deal at Lafayette Square. (Nicole Puglise/CQ Roll Call)

As Secretary of State John Kerry testified Thursday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, protesters gathered in the shade of Lafayette Square, just north of the White House, to voice their opinions on President Barack Obama’s Iran deal.

The event, slated to feature presidential hopeful Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, was hosted by the Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee. Before either was scheduled to arrive, the situation had already devolved into mayhem.  Full story

By Nicole Puglise Posted at 3:52 p.m.
2016, Iran

Watch Live: Senate Hearing on Iran Nuclear Deal

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a Thursday hearing on the Iran nuclear deal announced last week. Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz and Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew are expected to testify.

Coverage begins at 10 a.m. Full story

By JM Rieger Posted at 9:51 a.m.
Iran, Policy, Videos

July 22, 2015

David Perdue Emerging as Key Player on Foreign Relations

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Perdue’s business background and sober approach have made the freshman senator a player on the Foreign Relations Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

David Perdue knew he wanted a seat on the Foreign Relations Committee before he became a senator, and joining the panel has positioned him well for having a voice in the debate over last week’s agreement with Iran about its nuclear program.

There’s been no shortage of bluster and rhetorical flourishes about the potential consequences from detractors of the agreement between Iran and six world powers — the U.S., Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France and Germany. There have even been comparisons to the appeasement of Adolf Hitler by Neville Chamberlain before the outbreak of World War II.

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July 21, 2015

Iran Deal: Treaty or Not?

Corker has come under fire from the right for not insisting that the Iran deal be treated as a treaty. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Corker has come under fire from the right for not insisting that the Iran deal be treated as a treaty. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

As right-wing wolves circle Republican senators who they feel betrayed them and paved the way for the Iran nuclear deal, defenders say they are missing the point.

Senators argue the legislation passed in April granting congressional review seized power back from President Barack Obama, and both they and the administration argue the deal negotiated with Iran isn’t technically a treaty.

But the wolves are hungry. Full story

July 17, 2015

Schumer to Weigh In on Iran Deal After Review in ‘Little Chair’

Schumer, D-N.Y. speaks at the National Press Club on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, on what went wrong for Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections and what they must do to succeed in 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Schumer is a key player on the legislative response to the Iran deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Charles E. Schumer might have more to say about the deal with Iran about its nuclear development after some time in his “little chair.”

The New York Democrat could be the key to whether there are 67 votes in the Senate to override a veto by President Barack Obama of legislation disapproving the agreement the United States and its partners negotiated with Iran.

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July 16, 2015

Senators: Congress Should Precede U.N. on Iran Nuclear Deal (Updated)

Corker wants to preserve Congress' ability to block the Iran deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Corker wants to preserve Congress’ ability to block the Iran nuclear deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:30 p.m. | President Barack Obama has been criticized repeatedly by his detractors for a perceived reluctance to work with Congress, and Thursday was no different.

After Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. made a visit to the Capitol to meet with a bipartisan group of senators and discuss the terms of the Iran nuclear deal, Sen. Bob Corker expressed concern that the president was going to the U.N. Security Council to lobby support before Congress votes on the deal. Full story

July 15, 2015

On Iran Deal, Mark Kirk Continues Hitler, Chamberlain Analogy

Mark Kirk Bowe Bergdahl Taliban video

Kirk is comparing the Iran deal to the appeasement of Hitler. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When the framework for a nuclear deal with Iran was announced in April, Sen. Mark S. Kirk said, “Neville Chamberlain got a better deal from Adolf Hitler.”

Now with a final agreement between the Iranian government and the P5+1 negotiating partners the Illinois Republican isn’t so sure about that.

Full story

July 14, 2015

Ted Cruz on Iran Deal: There Will Be Blood

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cruz says the Iran deal will fund the murder of Americans, Israelis and Europeans. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In case there was any doubt, which there probably wasn’t, Sen. Ted Cruz is not a fan of the Iran deal that President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday.

Indeed, he told CQ Roll Call Tuesday it will fund murder. Full story

By Matthew Fleming Posted at 7:53 p.m.
Iran

July 13, 2015

Senate Democrats Warn White House on Iran Arms Embargo

Menendez said an Iran arms embargo should continue even if they reach a deal on their nuclear program. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Menendez said an Iran arms embargo should continue even if they reach a deal on their nuclear program. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ending the arms embargo on Iran — something White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest refused to rule out Monday — is causing the administration trouble with Capitol Hill Democrats. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 7:11 p.m.
Iran

July 8, 2015

Lindsey Graham Makes Case for War

Graham outlined his foreign policy vision on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Graham outlined his foreign policy vision on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Perhaps more than any other presidential candidate, Sen. Lindsey Graham enjoys telling people to vote for somebody else.

“Radical Islam is not going to be compromised with. They are religious Nazis. Somebody better go over there and hit them before they hit us,” Graham said Wednesday. “There is no alternative to going in on the ground and pulling the caliphate up by the roots. If that scares you, don’t vote for me.”

Full story

July 7, 2015

Extension of Iran Nuclear Talks Could Save August Recess

( Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Perdue is among the Republicans calling for Kerry to step away from the Iranian nuclear talks. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

News of yet another extension of the deadline for nuclear talks with Iran might prove a boon for lawmakers and staffers with plans to get out of town in August.

A longer, 60-day review period would kick in if an agreement is submitted to Congress any time between July 10, which is Friday, and Labor Day. Any agreement submitted in that time would mean the Senate’s upcoming recess could begin as scheduled by Aug. 10, without the risk of needing to quickly return to Capitol Hill for a bid to override a veto of Iran agreement disapproval legislation. Lawmakers are due back by Sept. 8, which would be at the tail end of the review window. Full story

July 5, 2015

Congress Could Face Rush to Review Iran Nuclear Deal

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Kerry said Sunday the goal remains to have a deal by Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If everything goes according to Secretary of State John Kerry’s timeline, Congress will face a rush to review and respond to a nuclear deal with Iran before leaving town again for August recess.

Kerry said Sunday that while there are significant issues still to be resolved and it could go in either direction, the goal was to get a deal by Tuesday, which would be within the window that provides for 30 days of review and potential disapproval by lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Full story

By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 4:19 p.m.
Iran, Policy

June 26, 2015

Menendez: Suspend Iran Nuclear Talks if Iran Won’t Budge

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Menendez is asking new questions about Iran’s intentions in the Iran talks. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Democratic senator who has led calls for stronger sanctions against Iran is joining Republicans skeptical of the country’s intentions when it comes to the ongoing talks over nuclear capabilities.

In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Sen. Robert Menendez said the United States should step back from multinational nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Full story

By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 1:04 p.m.
Iran

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