Iran at Center Stage as Congress Returns

As other battles loom on the horizon, including an ongoing government appropriations stand-off and the investigation into Planned Parenthood, this week the Obama Administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran was at center stage in Washington.  Returning from their extended district work period, Members of Congress were barraged by voices for and against the agreement, including a sizeable anti-deal rally featuring U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mr. Donald Trump. 

While Senate Democrats chose to filibuster a resolution to disapprove the nuclear deal, the House of Representatives took a different tactic.  House leaders advanced legislation that deemed the Obama Administration not to be in compliance with the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act because it had not yet produced all “side agreements” as required by the law.  The House also passed a bill that would prevent the Executive Branch from lifting sanctions on Iran through 2017.  Finally, to get all Representatives on record, the House set up a vote on a resolution to approve the nuclear deal – a resolution that was expected to be defeated.  At this point, the President has the votes he needs to proceed with the deal, but these new efforts could open the door to legal wrangling.

NRB has actively opposed the Iran agreement.  NRB has argued that America must stand in solidarity with Israel (see here for a read-out of a recent meeting with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) that Dr. Linda Smith, NRB Executive Vice President & COO, participated in as part of the American Christian Leaders for Israel (ACLI), a group that also met with a number of other offices including those of Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Mark Warner (D-VA)).  Moreover, NRB has been adamant that the deal be rejected based on the fundamental imperative that the United States defend the just treatment of American citizens abroad, including Pastor Saeed Abedini, who remains incarcerated for his faith in Iran.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: September 11, 2015


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