WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) member, joined Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in introducing the Iran Nuclear Deal Advice and Consent Act of 2021, legislation to curb President Biden’s ability to renegotiate the Iran Nuclear Deal.
“The Iran nuclear deal failed to keep the regime in check,” said Senator Cramer. “If President Biden or any future administration wants to reenter an agreement with Iran, Congress should be properly consulted and involved, and our legislation would ensure that happens.”
This bill would prevent federal funds from being obligated or expended in the furtherance of rejoining the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, and it 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.
Senators Cramer and Blackburn are joined on the bill by Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Rick Scott (R-FL). Representative Andy Barr (R-KY) introduce companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.