Romano: GOP Congress Equally To Blame On Iran Deal

REPUBLICAN LEADERS KNOWINGLY TIED THEIR OWN HANDS ON NUCLEAR TREATY || By ROBERT ROMANO || “If in fact it’s as bad a deal as I think it is at this moment, we’ll do everything we can to stop it.” That was House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), blasting a deal reached by…


|| By ROBERT ROMANO || “If in fact it’s as bad a deal as I think it is at this moment, we’ll do everything we can to stop it.”

That was House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), blasting a deal reached by the Obama administration with Iran that critics say will enable the regime there to acquire nuclear weapons.

There’s only one problem.

Both the House and Senate passed legislation in April — H.R. 1191, the so-called Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) — that will make it virtually impossible to stop the deal now.


The legislation requires a resolution of disapproval pass Congress and be signed by President Barack Obama in order to prevent economic sanctions from being lifted.

Obama has already promised to veto such legislation and 150 House Democrats in May signaled they will be voting to sustain such a veto.

According to Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Rick Manning, by passing this legislation Congress “turned the normal treaty ratification process on its head by requiring a veto override of two-thirds votes in both houses in order to stop the deal rather than the constitutionally required two-thirds majority in the Senate for ratification.”

And every member of Congress who voted for the Corker legislation knew it.

The bill came just a short month after 47 Senate Republicans led by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) wrote a letter to the mullahs in Tehran that it is the Senate, not the president, who approves treaties.

Rather than defend that position, and require that Obama submit any nuclear treaty with Iran to the Senate for ratification, Congressional Republicans capitulated and ceded the Senate’s Article II, Section 2 treaty ratification power.

Said ALG’s Manning, “The world is less safe, and if Congress fails to defeat this deal, they will have nobody but themselves to blame. After all, with the Corker bill, they ignored warnings from Senator Tom Cotton and effectively made disapproving the deal a near impossibility.”

Members will hem and haw and say that Obama was going to do the deal anyway, and that this was the only way to have a vote on the issue, but that is simply wrong.

Upon release of the agreement, the Senate could have then proactively taken up the treaty and, if necessary, defeated it under the rules for considering a treaty …

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Robert Romano is the Senior Editor of Americans for Limited Government.  This piece (reprinted with permission) originally appeared on


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Obama's Little Helpers July 15, 2015 at 1:40 pm

Republican voters are too stupid to realize that their Congress is all over a great majority of what Obama is doing.

Ernesto July 15, 2015 at 2:14 pm

The Iran deal is a ood deal that delays Iranian nuclear weapons for a decade -take it. You
Americans are no longer in the position to call shots globally like decades ago. Use Iran to defeat ISI and support internal opposition and liberalization. That’ smart politics not Rambo tactics – you would loose a direct military confrontation as it would drag out and become a second Irak/Yria-such are the relates of world politics.

The sky is falling July 15, 2015 at 2:16 pm

“The world’s not safe! The world’s not safe! Bomb the fuck out of everyone, starve their children via sanctions, use the CIA to wreck their democratic governments, that’ll fix everything and make the world safe!”- Tom Cotton, Neocons, & Chicken Little

Ted July 15, 2015 at 2:30 pm

And in a decade the US tourists will flock to beautiful Teheran as they now visit Hanoi and soon Havana. America is a large theocracy too, just a Christian one. No atheist could become president here. And we support torture, military dictatorships and ‘evil doers’ all over the world.

alisondjensen700 July 16, 2015 at 3:32 am Reply
Tazmaniac July 15, 2015 at 3:36 pm

America is a large theocracy too, just a Caliphate.

Fixed it for ya Ted.
Your Welcome, Barrack

euwe max July 15, 2015 at 4:19 pm

just not a Caliphate.
You’re welcome, Barack.

Fixed it for ya, Taz.
You’re welcome, you little devil.

Soft Sigh from Hell July 15, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Bibi Nuttyahoo is getting the smackdown internationally and especially in Israel.

It is a joy to watch.

euwe max July 15, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Nukes, nukes everywhere
and not a dropped bomb in sight.

Sic Semper Tyrannis July 15, 2015 at 7:35 pm

I used to love the Marine Corps personal protection in case of a nuclear blast. Spread your legs as far apart as possible, lean forward look behind ya, and kiss your ass goodbye..


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