A day after President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address to issue a veto threat against new sanctions on Iran, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) announced that he had invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress on March 3, 2015. Speaker Boehner stated:
Prime Minister Netanyahu is a great friend of our country, and this invitation carries with it our unwavering commitment to the security and well-being of his people. In this time of challenge, I am asking the Prime Minister to address Congress on the grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life. Americans and Israelis have always stood together in shared cause and common ideals, and now we must rise to the moment again.
The White House was not consulted before this invitation. Speaker Boehner told reporters, "Congress can make this decision on its own…. There is a serious threat that exists in the world. And the President last night kind of papered over it."
President Obama also took fire on Wednesday from the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. During a committee hearing on Iran, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said the Obama Administration’s talking points seem “like talking points that come straight out of Tehran.”
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: January 23, 2015