May 14- NORPAC applauds the House of Representatives for its passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (H.R. 1191), which concluded with an overwhelmingly favorable vote of 400 – 25. This bill ensures Congressional review of any deal with Iran regarding their nuclear program before such a deal is finalized.
This bipartisan legislation originated in the U.S. Senate, introduced by Senators Corker (R-TN) and Menendez (D-NJ) earlier this year. The bill passed in the Senate by a vote of 98 – 1 the week preceding the House vote.
1,500 NORPAC members went to meet with Members of Congress and their staff on May 13th to discuss the details that a final deal should entail, presenting offices with a scorecard list detailing each point of a satisfactory agreement. Among the nine points covered were ‘Aywhere, Anytime’ inspections of Iranian nuclear sites, limiting continued nuclear-related research, and phased lifting of sanctions.
As negotiations continue between the U.S. and Iran, Congress will have the ability to affect the course of the nuclear negotiations with Tehran to ensure that it does not achieve a nuclear weapons capability. This legislation will help re-enforce the role of Congress in determining the points of a satisfactory agreement.