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"Pompeo-Zeldin" Resolution on Iran Nuclear Deal Introduced

September 9, 2015
Press Release
Votes Expected As Early As Thursday on Resolution

Washington, DC –Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY 1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee and co-chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus, and Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS 4), member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, announced this evening that they are co-leading a resolution in the House of Representatives regarding the Iran Nuclear Deal.

The resolution expresses that under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, passed by Congress and signed by the President earlier this year, Congress must be provided with the entire agreement before the 60-day Congressional review period is triggered. To date, Congress still has not received from the President the verification agreements entered into between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran. The President cannot waive statutory sanctions implementing the deal until after the review period concludes.

Under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, passed by Congress and signed by the President this year, Congress must be provided with the entire agreement including any agreements “entered into or made between Iran and any other parties.” Section 135(6)(h)(1)

Congress still hasn’t received the entire agreement as defined by Sec. 135 (6)(h)(1), which states:

“AGREEMENT.—The term ‘agreement’ means an agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran that includes the United States, commits the United States to take action, or pursuant to which the United States commits or otherwise agrees to take action, regardless of the form it takes, whether a political commitment or otherwise, and regardless of whether it is legally binding or not, including any joint comprehensive plan of action entered into or made between Iran and any other parties, and any additional materials related thereto, including annexes, appendices, codicils, side agreements, implementing materials, documents, and guidance, technical or other understandings, and any related agreements, whether entered into or implemented prior to the agreement or to be entered into or implemented in the future.”

“By law, the 60 day Congressional review clock has not been triggered because the entire agreement still has not been turned over to Congress for review,” stated Congressman Zeldin. “Under federal law, the President must turn over any and all side deals between the IAEA and Iran, before the review period will begin. The legal process moving forward requires the release of the entire agreement if the President wants to trigger the 60 day Congressional review that will permit him to move forward with the deal. The President has stated that this deal is not based on trust; it is based on verification. There is no way to support a deal based on verification without the details of the verification regime."

"Through this terribly flawed nuclear agreement with Iran, President Obama has shown not only his blatant disregard for the security of our nation, but for the binding obligations of the law,” stated Congressman Pompeo. “Even with the very low bar set by the Corker-Cardin bill, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, the President still failed to live up to his requirement to provide Congress with the agreement in its entirety.  I am proud to offer this resolution that will hold the president to the law that he himself signed just 75 days ago, and I hope my colleague will stand with me in supporting this important bill."

A copy of the resolution can be found here.