Press Release

July 16, 2015
Cardin, Corker Urge President Obama to Postpone United Nations Vote on Iran Deal Until Congress Considers the Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC – In a letter to President Barack Obama today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member and the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged the administration to postpone a United Nations Security Council vote on the Iran deal until Congress considers the agreement. The mandatory 60-day congressional review period does not begin until all documents associated with an agreement are submitted to Congress, along with assessments on compliance and non-proliferation.


Text of the letter is included below and in the attached document.


Dear Mr. President:


The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, a bill which 98 Senators and 400 Representatives supported and you signed, established a 60-day period for Congress to consider the nuclear agreement. We are deeply concerned that your administration plans to enable the United Nations Security Council to vote on the agreement before the United States Congress can do the same.

Doing so would be contrary to your statement that “it’s important for the American people and Congress to get a full opportunity to review this deal…our national security policies are stronger and more effective when they are subject to the scrutiny and transparency that democracy demands.”

We urge you to postpone the vote at the United Nations until after Congress considers this agreement.