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White House Expresses Conditional Support for Corker Bill

There appears to have been a meeting of the minds between President Obama and Republican Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., on legislation that would allow Congress to vote on an Iran deal, as Republicans compromised on various issues to appease White House objections while the White House bowed the reality that a veto of the bill as now written would be overridden.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today told reporters that the bill, which is to be voted on by the Senate Foreign Relations late Tuesday, would be acceptable as long as it is not changed during the committee process in ways unacceptable to the White House.

The legislation would allow a vote on a deal-scuttling resolution of disapproval of the Iran deal after it is negotiated at the end of June, but Obama could veto the resolution, and then two thirds of the Senate would be needed for an override.

This is far easier for the White House than were Congress to be permitted a vote on whether to approve the Iran agreement, which would be a requirement for the Senate to actually approve it by some kind of majority, depending on the procedures for the vote. Under the Corker bill, effectively, the White House only needs the support of a third of the Senate. So Congress has a role, but a severely circumscribed one.

Congress would also be given the power to decide whether to lift its own sanctions on Iran, a concession already offered by the White House.

The bill includes some significant concessions to the White House. The president would no longer be required to certify that Iran has stopped supporting terrorism. And the timeframe for consideration by Congress has been shortened from 60 to 30 days.

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23 Responses to White House Expresses Conditional Support for Corker Bill

    • Yeah srdem, the circular conversation continues as it seems indefinitely.
      To those of us that try to keep track of it, it does take a toll.

  1. So he can veto the Senate’s 70-30 rejection of non-agreement, and then they have to get 67 votes to override that veto? Never happen.

    Just like Lucy, Charlie Brown and the football. These idiot Repuklicans never learn.

  2. So the bully pissant in the White House has again proven that he has control of the Country.

    Hey Corker, go home.
    You idiot !
    You are negotiating with a Marxist.
    Did he twist your arm really hard, or just threaten your family ?

    I am so sick of this crap.

    Stand that little prick in the corner and impeach him !!!

  3. In this time-honored tradition some of us like to call regular order–this is not how the Senate approves a treaty. So they just say–hey, it’s not a treaty.

    • Since when has this president ever adhered to the Constitutional principles that congress passes the laws and the treaties that this Country abides by ?
      It is a constant fight for him to get his agenda through and congress just gets in the way.

      Time and again, the congress has given him and his administration full reign over the events,….
      Benghazi,
      Fast and Furious,
      IRS,
      ACA,
      and on and on.

      The congress is impotent.
      Obama should have been impeached years ago.
      That is along with the members of congress that were and are afraid of him and his corrupt administration.

      This crap about negotiating with congress on issues such as this has got to stop.

        • OK, everybody makes a call to tell them that they are not getting one more dime until they fix this Country.
          All of their staffers have to get paid.

          When the well dries up,…your done.

      • Given the entities involved, where does the phrase, “we don’t need no stinking badges”, come into play ?

        Don’t know, just here on the sidelines eating popcorn.

  4. And then I step back one space and hoisting myself up on another promise I scan the field and notice that the dull dangerous landscape has only taken on a more dangerous tone!
    To Corker and all who assisted him in creating his masterpiece of capitulation- I ask – “what have you done?”(Some would acclaim a ‘thank you’ for your foresight – I prefer to see if the outcome is beneficial to the ousting of our bad seed.)
    What you have really done is move the REVOLUTION forward – shortening the reign of Mulato the Magnificent – by a few weeks.
    This ‘games man ship’ must end soon people – ‘ the Mulato is a mad man’ and his playing at being a world leader is leading our Nation deeper into irretrievable muck and a whole lot of boot sucking mire!
    Something else that is becoming apparent is the ‘undersized accommodations at Guantanamo’ – what with Mulato’s administration – Islamic advisors – Liberals – Democrats – Rhinos – plus all of their kith and kin – we will need more room for storage!

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