According to Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution of the united States of America, the president “shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; … .” But, the Senate is still working on the crafting and passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Act that would require Congress to review the “agreement” Obama makes with Iran regarding the ruling Islamic government’s nuclear program. In a not so surprising move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “moved to end the debate” on the bipartisan piece of legislation Tuesday evening because “amendments proposed by some Republicans threatened to cost it Democratic support.” The actions by McConnell could bring a vote as early as Thursday to end the debate.
This action by McConnell sets the stage for a vote “in such a way as to ensure maximum bipartisan support and fend off an earlier White House veto threat,” according to CNSnews.com.
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman and one of the bill’s authors, predicted an “overwhelming” vote in favor of the bill earlier on Tuesday. Now, Republican amendments designed to strengthen the bill will not be considered, according to some proposers.
The move by McConnell was prompted by two amendment strongly supported by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK). The amendment supported by Rubio would require “Iranian leadership to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state” while the amendment supported by Cotton required Iran to take “specified steps, including giving international inspectors full access to suspicious sites, before getting relief from sanctions.” Both Rubio and Cotton blasted the Senate members for being reluctant to vote on the amendments, basically saying, “If you don’t want to vote, leave the Senate.” Cotton had pointed to the fact that Iran continues to say Israel will be “blown off the map” and will have the capability to do so if they attain nuclear weapons.