Resounding majorities of the House and Senate have signed letters that delineate the necessary terms for a final agreement with Iran and stress the essential role of Congress – particularly if an acceptable deal requires sanctions relief or if a breakdown in talks requires additional sanctions legislation. The Senate version of the letter received 83 signatories, while the House version received 394.
The Senate letter was spearheaded by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Christopher Coons (D-DE) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).
The House letter was spearheaded by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD).
The letters lay out the acceptable parameters of a final agreement, including the dismantlement of Iran’s nuclear weapons program. As President Obama has pledged, any agreement must “make it impossible [for Iran] to develop a nuclear weapon.”