GOP senator: Congress forced Obama to ‘bow’ on Iran

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Meet the key Senate player in GOP fight over Saudi Arabia Trump says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' MORE (R-Tenn.) said Friday that Congress forced the Obama administration “to bow” to lawmakers on Iran, paving the way for them to review a nuclear deal.

“Time and again, the administration suggested that a vote in Congress would scuttle any nuclear agreement and leave war with Iran as the only alternative,” the Tennessee Republican wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. “This week, Democrats and Republicans pushed back, forcing the administration to bow to the inevitable role of Congress in this process.”


Corker is the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, which this week unanimously passed legislation that would give Congress 30 days to review an agreement to curb Iran's ability to create nuclear weapons. President Obama said Friday that he would sign the legislation as long as it was not changed significantly.

Corker said the proposal helps accomplish three things: ensuring the final deal is transparent, allowing for Congressional review and holding Iran accountable.

The Tennessee Republican reached an agreement with Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinCan new US Strategy on Women, Peace & Security give women a real seat at the table? Ask Afghan women Maryland lawmakers slam 'despicable' Trump remark about journalists on newsroom shooting anniversary Democrats leery of Sanders plan to cancel student loan debt MORE (D-Md.), the committee's ranking member, hours ahead of the committee vote in an effort to combat growing Democratic skepticism of the legislation.  

He said that lawmakers “worked hard” to make the bill bipartisan, including keeping it “focused on the appropriate role for Congress — passing judgment on suspending the sanctions that Congress created.”

Corker is facing some skepticism from fellow Republicans over both the legislation and the talks with Iran.

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP wants commitment that Trump will sign budget deal Poll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Senate passes bill making hacking voting systems a federal crime MORE (R-Mo.) said this week that he looks forward to having Corker and other members of the Foreign Relations Committee explain how Congress's role under the legislation matches the Constitution.

“The Foreign Relations Committee has made a proposal about what that role should be,” he said. “But it seems to me that proposal is still a long way from the constitutional protection that should be involved when we reach an agreement of this kind.”

Republicans on the committee also voiced wariness before ultimately voting for Corker’s proposal.

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonMystery surrounds elusive sanctions on Russia Trump may intervene in Pentagon cloud-computing contract: report Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers struggle to understand Facebook's Libra project | EU hits Amazon with antitrust probe | New cybersecurity concerns over census | Robocall, election security bills head to House floor | Privacy questions over FaceApp MORE (R-Wis.) said the legislation gives Congress “a role with very little teeth.”

“I would rather have a role than no role,” Johnson said during the committee’s hearing.