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… I fully and Wholeheartedly Support the Senate GOP letter on the Iran Sanctions process [#tom cotton]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,March 30th,2015

.. i took quite a bit of time on this .

.. yes , I admittedly wanted to examine the fallout . No , that does not mean that I am a chicken . On something this important , I wanted to be sure of my position …

.. I am certain of it , now ..

.. [h/t — Senate.gov]..
.. [link] to the text of the Senate GOP letter ..
.. [link] to a copy of the Senate GOP letter …

.. the ObamaCrap Admininstration needed a wake – up call . To be honest , so did the Senate Democrats . They needed to understand that His Lordship is not the sole voice in U.S. Foreign Policy . Iran may think that POTUS is paramount . Most times , he / she usually is . In this case , however , POTUS holds only part of the power . Congress holds its share …

.. Congress most definitely has a role in this case . This letter remnds His Lordship of that , as much as he may not like it or remember it . Congress regulates interstate commerce [domestic] and international commerce [foreign agreements , treaties] . So POTUS cannot do whatever he / she damn well pleases . Congress has concurrent power , one which cannot be ignored . It is that simple …

.. the reaction has been a real honey . Sure , the Senate Dems [and the House Dems] are really pissed . Who wouldn’t be , but even they cooled their tempers , once they realized what was going on . So , a bipartisan bill is still most definitely in play . Whether His Lordshipp likes it or not . The only question that will remain is the number of votes that it will take to pass the bill [and get a clear veto – proof majority]…

.. here is the  printed text of the letter …

 

An Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran:

 

It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system.  Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution—the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices—which you should seriously consider as negotiations progress.
First, under our Constitution, while the president negotiates international agreements, Congress plays the significant role of ratifying them.  In the case of a treaty, the Senate must ratify it by a two-thirds vote.  A so-called congressional-executive agreement requires a majority vote in both the House and the Senate (which, because of procedural rules, effectively means a three-fifths vote in the Senate).  Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement.
Second, the offices of our Constitution have different characteristics.  For example, the president may serve only two 4-year terms, whereas senators may serve an unlimited number of 6-year terms.  As applied today, for instance, President Obama will leave office in January 2017, while most of us will remain in office well beyond then—perhaps decades.
What these two constitutional provisions mean is that we will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear-weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei.  The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.
We hope this letter enriches your knowledge of our constitutional system and promotes mutual understanding and clarity as nuclear negotiations progress.
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