Congressional foreign policy leaders slammed the Biden administration’s decision to not comply with a legal mandate to detail to Congress how sanctions relief for Iran will bolster the regime’s ability to conduct terror attacks.
Republicans in Congress, in comments to the Washington Free Beacon, accused President Joe Biden of obstructing the legislative branch’s constitutional oversight role. They say the Biden administration does not want Congress to know how much money sanctions relief provides to Iran’s terrorist allies as negotiations with Tehran over a revamped nuclear deal drag into another year.
“President Biden thinks the rules don’t apply to him. He thinks he can ignore a statute that mandates he tell Congress how much money he’s sending to terrorists,” Rep. Jim Banks (R., Ind.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee who helped spearhead the reporting mandates, told the Free Beacon. “Well, he better be ready in 2023. House conservatives will hold him accountable to the law.”
Biden, in a statement issued during the Christmas holiday, said he would not fully obey a reporting provision included in the bipartisan spending bill that mandates the administration account for every dollar Iran receives as a result of lifted sanctions. The administration said providing that information would “include highly sensitive classified information, including information that could reveal critical intelligence sources or military operational plans.”