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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCongress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight On The Money — Congress races to keep the lights on House sets up Senate shutdown showdown MORE (R-Texas) has introduced legislation to reimpose and expand sanctions against Iran.
Cruz, a potential 2016 contender, accused the administration of "circumventing the will of the American people" who don't support a deal.
"It's time to tell the American people the truth. These talks are not going to prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, from getting a nuclear weapon," Cruz said in a statement. "The Obama administration is circumventing the will of the American people, who do not support this deal."
Cruz's legislation would reinstate sanctions rolled back by Obama, expand sanctions against the petrochemical and automotive sector, block funding of the negotiations without approval from Congress and require Iran to denounce state-sponsored terrorism.
The bill also outlines how Iran can get sanctions lifted by dismantling its nuclear program, including getting rid of all centrifuges and enriched uranium, and stopping research and development of its Intercontinental Ballistic Missile program.
Cruz’s legislation comes ahead of an end-of-the-month deadline for negotiators to agree to a framework for a comprehensive deal. They have until the end of June to finalize the deal.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Friday the administration expects a political agreement by the end of the month.
Under Cruz’s legislation, any agreement that goes through the United Nations Security Council but is not approved by Congress “has no binding authority on subsequent presidents or congresses.”
Cruz was one of 47 Senate Republicans who sent a letter earlier this month to Iranian leadership warning that any deal made by the administration could be overturned once Obama leaves office in 2017.
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