Senate Panel Nears Compromise on Iran Nuclear Deal

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from The Wall Street Journal,

Bipartisan agreement would require final nuclear deal go to Congress for review.

Leaders on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have reached a bipartisan agreement expected to boost Democratic support for legislation requiring President Barack Obama to send a final nuclear deal with Iran to Congress for review, according to aides from both parties.

Under a deal reached between the committee’s chairman, Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) and its top Democrat, Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, Congress would have 30 days to initially review a final agreement struck to diminish Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

Lawmakers would then be able to vote to approve or disapprove the deal or take no action. If Congress passed a bill, Mr. Obama would have 12 days to sign or veto the measure. If he vetoed it, Congress would have 10 days to try to override his veto, which requires a two-thirds majority. The bill initially prevented Mr. Obama from easing congressional sanctions on Iran for 60 days while Congress reviewed the deal.

“We have reached a bipartisan agreement that keeps the congressional-review process absolutely intact and full of integrity,” Mr. Corker said on MSNBC Tuesday morning. “We want to make sure that if a final deal is reached it lays before Congress, so we have the opportunity to go through every detail.”

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