Saturday, September 05, 2015

When Something Quacks Like a Duck

President Obama has already violated the law that provides for a Congressional super-majority rejection of the Iran deal, so the voting provisions can't be followed--assuming we're a nation of laws.

This is interesting:

The Corker legislation — formally known as the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 — is crystal clear. In its very first section, the act requires the president to transmit to Congress “the agreement. . . . including all related materials and annexes.” It is too late to do that now: the act dictates that it was to have been done “not later than five days after reaching the agreement” — meaning July 19, since the agreement was finalized on July 14.

The act very broadly defines what must be given to Congress within 5 days of reaching an agreement. The existence of secret side deals moots the entire act.

Congress should declare the Iran deal a treaty as it obviously is and put it up for a vote on that basis in the Senate.

And if the Senate needs to exercise the so-called "nuclear option" to negate a Democratic filibuster, leadership should do it--if they have the guts to do it when Democrats unleashed it on an issue far less important than an actual nuclear issue.

So are we a nation of laws, or not?