ADL Hails Unanimous Bipartisan Committee Passage of Iran Bill

New York, NY, April 14, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed today’s approval by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of a bipartisan compromise bill to allow a role for Congress in assessing and implementing any nuclear agreement reached with Iran.

The revised version of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (S.615) passed the Committee by a unanimous vote of 19-0 and the White House indicated that it would sign this version of the bill.

Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

We are very gratified that Senate leadership put aside their differences and came together around their shared conviction to ensure that Congress has the opportunity review any final deal that may be reached with Iran. While we still hope negotiations can succeed, strong and effective sanctions brought Iran to the table and this legislation provides Congress with a say in determining if relief of such sanctions is warranted.

We commend Senators Bob Corker (R-TN), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and the full Committee for working in good faith with colleagues and with the Administration to craft legislation that addresses concerns of the Administration while allowing for Congressional input on this critical issue.

This action demonstrates that policymakers can still reach across party lines and use the legislative process to find space for consensus on critical national security issues like the threat of a nuclear Iran. We look forward to passage of this bill by the full Senate.

The President would still be required to submit any final agreement to Congress, and Congress could pass a joint resolution objecting to an agreement and barring any statutory sanctions relief.  The Committee-passed bill shortens the Congressional review period and also requires the Administration to regularly update Congress on Iran’s compliance with nuclear agreement, as well as on other issues like its ballistic missile work and its support for terrorism. No sanctions that Congress has levied on Iran could be waived until after that review period and no Congressional review would take place until after a final deal is reached.