There has been significant public debate about the recent letter I signed with 46 of my colleagues to the leaders of Iran. Citing the U.S. Constitution, the letter simply explains the fact that any agreement on Iran’s nuclear weapons program that is not approved by Congress may not last beyond the end of the president’s term. I signed this letter because, as your elected representative, I firmly believe the Senate should weigh in on any agreement on Iran’s nuclear program – particularly given the serious potential national security threat posed by a nuclear-armed Iran.
It was Congress – in overwhelming bipartisan votes over the administration’s initial objections – that led the effort to impose tough sanctions on Iran, which brought Iran to the negotiating table. Without Congress’s leadership, it is unlikely that the administration would have anyone with whom to negotiate.