Schumer sides with GOP on reviewing Iran deal

Schumer sides with GOP on reviewing Iran deal
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New York Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerA missed opportunity for Democrats in the border wall showdown We have the funds we need to secure the border Anti-wall is not a border policy: How Democrats can sell an immigration plan MORE, the next in line to become Senate Democratic leader, is demanding that Congress review and approve any nuclear deal struck with Iran. 

Schumer, who will likely replace Senate Democratic Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidManchin’s likely senior role on key energy panel rankles progressives Water wars won’t be won on a battlefield Poll finds most Americans and most women don’t want Pelosi as Speaker MORE (Nev.) at the end of next year, says President Obama must submit the deal to Congress despite the administration’s reluctance to do so. 

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“This is a very serious issue that deserves careful consideration and I expect to have a classified briefing in the near future. I strongly believe Congress should have the right to disapprove any agreement and I support the Corker bill which would allow that to occur,” he said in a statement. 

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerOvernight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force Senate passes resolution naming crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi slaying Senate votes to end US support for Saudi war, bucking Trump MORE (R-Tenn.) has introduced legislation requiring Congress to review any comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran before the president can waive or suspend sanctions on the country, according to a description of the bill posted on his website. 

The Foreign Relations panel is expected to approve the bill on April 14, after Congress returns from a two-week recess. 

Schumer quietly co-sponsored the bill before the recess. 

The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act would require the administration to submit a final deal to Congress for a two-month review period prior to waiving sanctions. 

The Democratic co-sponsors include Sens. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezMore oversight of America’s international media networks a good idea Pro-Israel organizations should finally seek payback against Iran deal Dems Trump lowers refugee goal to 30,000, he must meet it MORE (N.J.), Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineTim Kaine: Trump was 'fact-checked to his face' by Pelosi, Schumer While G-20 Summit was promising for US- China trade relations, Congress must still push for an exclusion process Overnight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Border deployment 'peaked' at 5,800 troops | Trump sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | Senators offer bill to press Trump on Saudis | Paul effort to block Bahrain arms sale fails MORE (Va.), Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyHatch warns Senate 'in crisis' in farewell speech Dem senators Heitkamp, Donnelly urge bipartisanship in farewell speeches Schumer gets ready to go on the offensive MORE (Ind.), Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonMcCaskill: 'Too many embarrassing uncles' in the Senate Bill Nelson uses farewell address to remind colleagues ‘no one person is above the law’ Coal supporter Manchin named top Dem on Senate Energy Committee MORE (Fla.), Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetWould-be 2020 Dem candidates head for the exits The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — What the Michael Flynn news means California primary threatens to change 2020 game for Dems MORE (Colo.) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.). 

The bill lost some momentum last week, however, when Menendez, who served until recently as the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, stepped down from his post to fight federal bribery charges, a case that could drag on for months. 

His successor, Maryland Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinOvernight Defense: Senate moves toward vote on bill ending support for Saudi war | House GOP blocks Yemen war votes for rest of year | Trump throws uncertainty into Pentagon budget | Key Dem to leave transgender troop ban to courts George H.W. Bush remembered at Kennedy Center Honors Democratic senator: US must maintain strategic relationship with Saudis and hold them accountable MORE (D-Md.) has been more circumspect about supporting Corker’s bill. 

“The more unity we can have among Democrats and the White House, the stronger U.S. foreign policy will be,” Cardin told The New York Times, sending a signal he wants to see the Corker bill toned down. 

A senior Democratic aide said Schumer’s support for Corker’s bill should not be a surprise.

“It’s the same position he’s always held,” the aide said. 

The pending diplomatic understanding with Iran would require it reduce its number of centrifuges by two-thirds and dramatically cut its stockpile of low-enriched uranium over the next 15 years.

The deal is not expected to be finalized until June. 

“[W]e want a good deal negotiated. But before [the Obama administration] starts unraveling the [sanctions on Iran] that Congress put in place, we want to make sure that they show us the deal,” Corker said in a statement before the recess. “I do think we are going to pass a piece of legislation that gives Congress that ability to weigh in on behalf of the American people.” 

Senate Republicans need to round up 67 votes to override an expected presidential veto. Its Senate sponsors expressed optimism last month that they would be able to clear that hurdle.

Schumer’s statement on the Corker bill was first reported by Politico.