US Senate passes Iran oversight bill

The US Senate passed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 on Thursday with overwhelming and bipartisan support.

The bill, which provides Congress with a structure for review of any future comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran, was passed with 98 senators voting in favor in the 100-member chamber.

If passed by the House, the law would require the president to submit the deal in its entirety to Congress within 30 days of passage. Lawmakers would then have the opportunity to vote to approve or disapprove of congressional participation in the agreement.

But a binding resolution of disapproval would require a two-thirds majority in Congress, which appeared unlikely on Thursday, as 150 House Democrats signed a letter endorsing the progress of the nuclear talks.

Negotiations between the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany and Iran produced a framework agreement last month that proposed capping, restricting, monitoring and partially rolling back Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for phased sanctions relief.


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