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Senator Says Biden Administration Will Submit Any Iran Deal to Congress

Mossad Director David Barnea to head to Washington on Monday to make clear the dangers of a revived accord.
US Senators including Lindsey Graham and Bob Menendez (center) at a press conference in Jerusalem on September 5, 2022. (Jeremy Sharon)
US Senators including Lindsey Graham and Bob Menendez (center) at a press conference in Jerusalem on September 5, 2022. (Jeremy Sharon)

Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said on Monday that the Biden administration had committed to submitting any agreement on Iran’s nuclear program to Congress for review.

Speaking at a press conference in Jerusalem, Menendez, a Democrat who opposed the original 2015 Iran deal known as the JCPOA, said such a review would be conducted by his committee and that a vote would be held in the Senate on any agreement.

He added, however, that he was “unsure” if the outcome of that vote would successfully block the agreement.

It is likely that any congressional review of an agreement reached by the Biden administration with Iran would require a two-thirds majority to be overturned, making it improbable that any deal, should one be signed, could be stopped by the Senate.

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