Sen. Schumer defies Obama and backs Iran nuclear review bill

( Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has broken with President Barack Obama and says he will back a bill that will allow Congress to review the Iran nuclear framework deal announced last week.

Senator Chuch Schumer (D-NY). Credit: U.S. Senate. 

“This is a very serious issue that deserves careful consideration, and I expect to have a classified briefing in the near future. I strongly believe Congress should have the right to disapprove any agreement and I support the Corker bill which would allow that to occur,” Schumer told Politico.  

The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 was introduced by Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). The bill requires President Obama to submit the Iran final agreement to Congress for review while prohibiting the president from easing sanctions for 60 days.

The White House has said that it would likely veto the bill. However, efforts are under way to achieve a two-thirds majority in the senate to override a presidential veto.

According to Politico, at least a dozen Democratic senators have either co-sponsored the bill or indicated they could support it, putting the bill one vote shy of a veto-proof majority. 

Posted on April 7, 2015 .