Friday, December 16, 2016
Obam Admin Admits Erab bill will Give Iran a Nuclear Weapon--Obama uses rare constitutional maneuver on Iran sanctions bill
At USA TODAY by Gregory Korte --
President Obama allowed an Iran sanctions bill to become law without his signature Thursday, using a rare constitutional maneuver that hasn't been used in 21 years.
Obama's decision to allow the Iran Sanctions Extension Act to become law ends the latest chapter of the debate over his pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran, in which world powers agreed to relax sanctions on the Iranian regime in exchange for specific commitments to curtail its pursuit of a nuclear weapon.
Congress passed the bill to give a future president the authority to "snap-back" those sanctions if Iran violates the deal. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said it would give President-elect Donald Trump "the opportunity to evaluate our policy towards Iran independent of additional interference from the outgoing administration.”
But the White House has said the president already has that authority under a separate law, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, and that the new law was unnecessary but ultimately harmless.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the unusual action was an attempt to send a message to Congress.
"If Congress does blow up the deal that prevents Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, they're going to have to deal with the consequences. And the consequences are grave," he said. "President Obama is only in office here for another month. And after that, Congress will have to deal with the consequences if they choose to pursue irresponsible legislation that would blow up the deal."