Iran deal: Obama to attempt end run around Congress via the UN
Senate Republicans are up in arms over the Obama administration's plan to rush the Iran nuclear deal to the UN and get the Security Council to approve it before Congress even has a chance to consider it.
The battle is uniting Republicans, from conservative firebrand and presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to GOP leadership and Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.).
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, urged the administration to hold off on the U.N. Security Council vote.
Doing otherwise, Thune said, would show that “the president holds the opinion of the United Nations in higher esteem than the American people.”
The quick move toward the U.N. vote has also angered rank-and-file Republicans, with Sens. David Perdue (R-Ga.) saying that it makes it seem like the administration “always intended to bypass Congress by moving through the United Nations.”
Cruz is threatening to block nominees and funding for the State Department unless the administration prevents the U.N. Security Council from voting on the resolution on the nuclear deal, which could happen as early as Monday.
One of Cruz’s rivals for the GOP nomination, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), also blasted the administration, suggesting that Obama is taking the deal to the United Nations first because he knows Congress will ultimately reject the deal.
“It’s a clear sign that he knows if this deal is reviewed closely by the American people, it will be rejected,” Rubio said. “We cannot allow America's security to be outsourced to the United Nations.”
The senators have bipartisan support on the other side of the Capitol.
Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said during an interview with "Lou Dobbs Tonight" that lawmakers would try to block Obama from lifting an arms embargo if he lets the U.N. vote take place before Congress approves, or disapproves, the deal.
Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat, is also pushing back against the administration. The Maryland lawmaker said that waiting to take the deal to the United Nations until after Congress has voted "would be consistent with the intent and substance" of the review legislation.
The administration argues there’s nothing in the Iran deal that requires congressional approval before the international community can act.
In fact, Congressional Republicans are correct; Obama cares more about the UN than the American people:
Wendy Sherman, the State Department’s undersecretary for political affairs, suggested to that the administration was under pressure from the other six countries involved in the talks — the so called P5+1 — to go to the U.N. sooner rather than later.
“It would have been a little difficult when all of the members of the P5+1 wanted to go to the United Nations to get an endorsement of this… for us to say, ‘well excuse me, the world, you should wait for the United States Congress,’” she told reporters at a State Department briefing in the wake of the deal.
And be sure to say "please."
The American people don't have to beg the indulgence of any other nation or international body. That's incredible. An American president giving in to pressure from the United Nations? Are you sh**ting me?
Someone should remind Barack Obama just what country he is president of.