Next week a bill that could thwart diplomacy with Iran could be voted on. [i]
I’m sure you saw the big splash made by the Senate Republicans’ open letter to Iran. Papers across the U.S. condemned the letter calling it “shocking” and “reckless”.
But if the letter displayed a high-profile desire to torpedo delicate talks in progress, this less-blatant bill has the power to bring that diplomacy-busting desire to fruition.
This bill, by Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn), would grease the skids for a politicized snap vote by Congress on an Iran deal shortly after any deal is successfully concluded. Unlike the Republican letter to Iran, this bill has some Democratic support, and that’s what makes it so dangerous.
By setting up a Congressional veto of the deal by Congress, the bill’s passage could undermine U.S. diplomats who are near the finish line. Iran could look at the bill and feel that the U.S. can’t deliver on promises. Iran could harden positions or even walk away from the table.
In a strongly worded letter to Senator Corker the White House warned that the bill would: “likely have a profoundly negative impact on negotiations – emboldening Iranian hard-liners, inviting a counter-productive response from the Iranian majiles [parliament]; differentiating the U.S. position from our allies; and once again calling into question our ability to negotiate this deal.”[ii]
1) Who to call; 2) What to say and 3) If you want … it lets you jot down a couple notes on what you find out from the office. That information is invaluable for our lobbying work.
[i] Corker Optimistic Bill Iran Bill Will Pass Next Week, The Hill, 3/17/15
[ii] With New Letters D.C. Showdown on Iran Roils On, Huffington Post, 3/17/15
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