Royce-Engel Letter Urging Greater Consultation on Iran
A bipartisan group of 344 House members has signed a letter to President Obama that calls for greater consultation between the administration and Congress on a potential sanctions relief package that may be part of a final deal with Iran.
The bipartisan letter, spearheaded by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), comes as the July 20 negotiating deadline rapidly approaches for reaching a final agreement with the Islamist regime.
The letter notes that when asked in a recent congressional hearing if the administration would come to Congress to secure legislative relief of sanctions in a final agreement with Iran, Secretary of State John Kerry responded: “Well, of course. We would be obligated to under the law.”
Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013 (S. 1881)
The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013 (S. 1881), authored by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), aims to strengthen American diplomatic efforts to prevent Iran from achieving a nuclear weapons capability.
The legislation meets the president’s request that no additional sanctions be imposed during the talks. New sanctions, provided for in the bill, would be suspended for up to a year to facilitate negotiations for a final agreement, and could be suspended further if an acceptable final agreement with Iran is reached.
The legislation codifies President Obama’s pledge that new sanctions will be forthcoming if a final agreement cannot be reached and that any deal must “make it impossible [for Iran] to develop a nuclear weapon.”