Supporters of the Iran nuclear talks expressed frustration with a Senate bill that lets Congress weigh in on a final accord — and disappointment with President Barack Obama for indicating he will sign it.
At best, the legislation will give Tehran more leverage in the talks, they argue. At worst, although far less likely, it could scuttle the negotiations completely.
“We are disappointed and see this as an unwise compromise with some senators that could compromise prospects for an negotiated settlement with Iran,” said Kate Gould, a lobbyist with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker organization.
Such concerns are by no means universal. Some backers of the bill, which sailed through a Senate committee Tuesday afternoon on a 19-0 vote, dismiss them as over-hyped and say the president’s willingness to compromise suggests he thinks he can ultimately sell the Iran deal on the Hill.
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