April 16, 2015

Iran bill unlikely to scuttle deal

Featuring Ilan Goldenberg

Democrats and Republicans in Congress are both claiming victory by cornering President Barack Obama to sign an Iran bill he didn’t want.

But the White House says that misses the point: The final legislation was narrowed enough that it’s not going to stand in their way or do anything to upset the ongoing negotiations in Switzerland.

And interviews with Democratic lawmakers suggest there’s slim chance that they’d be willing to go any further to scuttle a nuclear deal.

While Capitol Hill now has an avenue to block Obama from lifting legislative sanctions on Iran — a precondition of any agreement to curb its ability to build a bomb — now that they feel they’ve asserted constitutional prerogatives, Democratic senators are moving away from a confrontation.

Read the full article at POLITICO.

  • Ilan Goldenberg

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Ilan Goldenberg is Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expert with ext...