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Rep. Zeldin Announces Support for Rep. Roskam's Privileged Resolution on Iran Nuclear Deal

September 8, 2015
Press Release
Congress is Not on Clock, By Law, Until Entire Agreement Transmitted to Congress; President Cannot Waive Statutory Sanctions Until Clock Ends, Which Hasn't Even Started Yet

Washington, DC – Congressman Lee M. Zeldin (R, C- Shirley, 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, just announced his support for the privileged resolution submitted by Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL-6), regarding the fact that, by law, Congress is not on the 60 day review clock, because the entire Iran nuclear agreement has not yet been transmitted to Congress:

“Before the Iran nuclear deal was finalized, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which clearly states that Congress must be provided with the entire agreement including any agreements ‘entered into or made between Iran and any other parties.’

It is clear by law that Congress is not on the clock. The 60 day Congressional review period does not start until Congress receives the entire agreement. When Congress receives the rest of the agreement, as defined by law, the 60 day Congressional review period will begin. The President cannot waive statutory sanctions until after the 60 day period ends; a process that has not been triggered yet, because the entire agreement hasn't been submitted to Congress. It's the law.

The President says that this deal is not built on trust. It is built on verification. How can anyone support a deal based on verification without knowing the details of the inspection and verification regime? The side deals between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran detail the inspection and verification regime. Even Secretary of State John Kerry recently admitted that he hasn't read these critically important side deals. Political expediency must absolutely never trump national security. Capitulating on the Iran nuclear deal without reading the side deals detailing the inspection and verification regime is grossly irresponsible, dangerous and in direct contradiction to the process agreed to between Congress and the President."