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Bob Corker: Iran Deal Review Bill Goes to Senate Next Week

Bob Corker: Iran Deal Review Bill Goes to Senate Next Week
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Tuesday, 17 March 2015 08:55 AM

A bipartisan bill allowing Congress to review any nuclear deal with Iran is set to be introduced in the Senate as early as next week, according to Politico.

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says he expects to put forward the legislation by March 25, the day after an initial deadline set by the White House for an agreement with Iran to prevent the Middle East country from building a nuclear weapon.

Corker said, "I just think waiting until the 25th certainly should accommodate many of the Democrats' concerns. I would hope to mark it up next Tuesday or Wednesday."

In a letter released last weekend, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough asked Corker to hold off on a vote on his bill, which would give Congress 60 days to reject or approve any deal, until after the administration finished its negotiations.

Although the bill has nearly a dozen Democratic supporters, the White House says that the Senate has the right to review treaties but not a nuclear agreement, Politico reported.

And McDonough argues that the measure "goes well beyond ensuring that Congress has a role to play in any deal with Iran."

The negotiations are going down to the wire, with Secretary of State John Kerry meeting his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Lausanne, Switzerland, to hammer out the final details over this past weekend.

The agreement aims to set guarantees about the peaceful nature of Tehran's nuclear program, controls at Iranian installations, the duration of the accord and dates for gradually lifting tough economic sanctions against Iran.

The country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has criticized the negotiations, and is due to give a closely watched Iranian New Year's address on Saturday.

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A bipartisan bill from Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, allowing Congress to review any nuclear deal with Iran is set to be introduced in the Senate as early as next week, according to Politico.
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