You don’t want to cross the king! Over the weekend, in his royal audience with the New York Times, his excellency Barack Obama made it clear to Congress that they’re free to have opinions, but they better not try to stop him making a “deal” with Iran.
“My hope is that we can find something that allows Congress to express itself but does not encroach on traditional presidential prerogatives and ensures that if in fact we get a good deal that we can go ahead and implement it,” he said.
Right, Congress can have “free expression” but better not try to use any powers granted by the Constitution (that crusty old thing).
However, maybe for once our elected representatives might actually represent us. Even the Democrats!
Amazingly, New York Senator Chuck Shumer ‘has endorsed passage of a measure opposed by President Barack Obama that would give Congress a chance to reject the administration-brokered nuclear framework deal with Iran,” according to Newsmax.“Schumer, who is also one of the most influential voices in the Iran debate, told Politico on Monday that “I strongly believe that Congress should have the right to disapprove any agreement” dealing with Iran’s nuclear program.” “Schumer threw his support behind legislation introduced by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker to allow Congress to vote to suspend the lifting of sanctions on Iran.”
Can Congress get anywhere on this one? It’s going to be tough.
First, Politico reported, Corker would need to win the support of all 54 Republicans and 13 Democrats for his bill. Obama would presumably veto it and send it back to Capitol Hill for what would be a high-stakes override vote.
After that, the Republicans could file a “motion of disapproval” that would also have to withstand another Obama veto. The entire process “could easily take until late May, and all along the White House would be free to continue ironing out the final technical document governing the deal,” Politico said.
All the while, Iran will be spinning those centrifuges. And we still have about 21 more months of this tyrannical presidency.