The Case for Congressional Oversight on Iran Nuclear Deal

By the Iran Task Force, Special for USDR

We support bipartisan efforts to give Congress a decisive role in the evaluation of any nuclear deal with  Iran.

Any nuclear deal between the P5+1 and Iran is destined to affect regional stability and global non-proliferation norms for decades to come, for good or ill. It would be of tremendous importance to U.S. national security. Congress played a critical role in developing the sanctions that made the negotiations possible, and it should have a decisive say on any deal and sanctions relief to follow.

Congress should have adequate time to review any nuclear deal with Iran. During a 60-day review period, the Executive Branch should be required to refrain from suspending, waiving, or otherwise reducing statutory sanctions on  Iran.

U.S. foreign policy is strengthened when backed by broad consensus including both the Executive Branch and Congress. Congressional consent would strengthen, not weaken, the durability of a deal with Iran. However, if Congress finds a proposed deal inadequate, it should have the opportunity to prevent any action that would undermine the sanctions architecture that it has worked to establish.

About the Iran Task Force

The Iran Task Force’s goal is to lend expertise to the legislative branch on Iran’s internal politics, nuclear science, and the multi-faceted US and global sanctions regime against  Iran.

This group of former government officials and nuclear, legal, and sanctions experts provides advice and recommendations to policymakers in order to ensure that any final deal prevents Iran’s uranium and plutonium pathways to a nuclear weapon.

Elliott Abrams | Sen. Evan Bayh | Eliot Cohen | Michael Doran | Mark Dubowitz | Amb. Eric Edelman | Reuel Marc Gerecht |Christopher Griffin | John Hannah | Gen. Michael Hayden | Olli Heinonen | Amb. Robert Joseph | Orde Kittrie | Sen. Joseph Lieberman | Blaise Misztal | Emanuele Ottolenghi | Chip Poncy | Stephen Rademaker | David Rivkin | Ray Takeyh | William Tobey |Roger Zakheim | Juan Zarate

Experts participate in the Iran Task Force in their individual capacities. The opinions expressed herein are the members’ own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of any other institutions with which they are affiliated.

SOURCE Iran Task Force

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.
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