October 09, 2017

The best course of action for Congress on Iran? Do nothing

By Peter Harrell

This week, President Trump is expected to decertify that Iran is complying with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement. The Trump administration then plans to ask Congress to consider new legislation that could reimpose sanctions on Iran while laying out U.S. positions for renegotiating the nuclear pact. But Congress is under no obligation to act on Trump’s request.

The simple fact is that Congress should refuse to consider new legislation. Instead, congressional leaders should demand that the Trump administration develop and execute a credible international diplomatic game plan on Iran. Congress should also press the administration implement a new Iran sanctions law that Congress already passed this past July, but which the Trump administration has yet to implement.

Read the full op-ed in The Hill.