Senator: Iran bill will beat Obama veto
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Legislation requiring congressional review of any Iran nuclear deal will get the 67 Senate votes needed to overcome a presidential veto, Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerPollster says Trump unlikely to face 'significant' primary challenge GOP gets used to saying 'no' to Trump Democrats introduce bill to rein in Trump on tariffs MORE predicted Friday.

The Tennessee Republican said despite “drama” around the issue in recent weeks, he believes his legislation will be successful.
 
“I believe ultimately we will have a veto-proof majority to make that happen,” Corker said during a speech at the Republican National Lawyers Association’s 2015 National Policy Conference.
 
The Foreign Relations Committee is expected to mark up Corker's bill next month, after a deadline for negotiators to reach a framework for a final deal.
 

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The legislation would require President Obama to submit any deal on Iran's nuclear program to Congress for review. The president also wouldn't be able to lift sanctions against Iran for roughly two months while Congress debated the bill.

Corker, the chairman of the Foreign Relations panel, said part of the reason the committee is taking up the legislation next month, instead of next week, as he originally suggested, is because he doesn’t believe the administration will have a deal by March 24.
 
"One of the reasons we moved our markup back until the first part of April is that I’m pretty sure the administration, they’re already sending out signals that they’re going to say, 'look we really didn’t mean March 24, we meant the end of March,' " he said.
 
Lawmakers have referred to March 24 as the deadline to get a framework agreement, while the administration says it’s March 31.
 
Asked what he would do if the administration refused to carry out his legislation, Corker said, “I don’t want to be counting our chickens before they hatch.”
 
The White House has urged lawmakers not to pass Iran legislation before June 30, the deadline for finalizing a deal. It has also threatened to veto Corker's bill. 

But, Corker suggested that Congress is playing the role he thinks it should be. 
 
“I look at this and say this is in fact the kind of role that Congress oughta play, especially on the congressionally mandated sanctions we put in place,” he said.

“The stakes here are so high. If I was president of the United States and I was negotiating an agreement with Iran that has this type of geopolitical impact, far more important, candidly, than what's happening right now with ISIS, I would certainly want to make sure that I negotiated a deal that passed muster with Congress ... instead of stiff-arming Congress and keeping them out the way they are."