November 07, 2014

GOP Seeks to Shift Foreign Policy

By Richard Fontaine

Source: The Hill

The new Republican-led Senate will try to assert itself on foreign policy, putting pressure on President Obama in the one area where second-term presidents often enjoy considerable leeway. 

Although the president has the constitutional authority to execute foreign policy, the GOP Congress will seek to leverage its power where it can through legislation and the power of the purse, as well as through rhetoric.  

One top Republican priority is a bill threatening Iran with new sanctions if a favorable comprehensive deal is not reached to end its nuclear program. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has refused to allow the bill to come to a vote, and its top Republican sponsor, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is preparing to update it. 

Read the full article at The Hill.

  • Richard Fontaine

    President

    Richard Fontaine is the President of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He served as a Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow at CNAS from 2009-2012 and previously as fo...