Apr 22 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and eight of his colleagues introduced legislation, the Iran Nuclear Deal Advice and Consent Act, to curb President Biden’s ability to renegotiate the failed Iran Nuclear Deal.
“The Obama administration negotiated the Iran Deal under the misguided operating principle that any deal—even a bad one—was better than no deal. The result was a lousy deal that offered concession after concession to the Iranian regime and failed to cut off Iran’s path to nuclear weapons,” said Senator Tillis. “The Biden administration’s indication to reenter the deal puts American lives at stake as Iran continues to be the largest state sponsor of terror. Congress should be involved in approving the final negotiated language. This legislation would prevent any federal funds from being used to rejoin the deal and ensure any agreement goes through the Senate for oversight.”
The Iran Nuclear Deal Advice and Consent Act would prevent federal funds from being obligated or expended in the furtherance of rejoining the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and would require current and future presidential administrations to submit in writing to the House and Senate a JCPOA successor agreement as a treaty versus an international agreement.
As agreed to in the Obama administration, the JCPOA is neither a treaty nor a signed executive agreement – but simply a politically negotiated agreement, with only a few included terms regarded as binding by international law. By submitting a JCPOA successor or any similar deal as an official treaty, it would allow for essential congressional oversight and implementation of international law through the entirety of the agreement.
Companion legislation, H.R. 1479, was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Andy Barr (R-KY) in March 2021.