U.S. Senate foreign relations leaders reach deal on Iran bill

The compromise came as Secretary of State John Kerry and other members of the Cabinet visited Congress for a second straight day to sell lawmakers on conditions of the prospective final deal and to plead for time to reach an accord with Tehran by the end of June. Under the compromise worked out by the Senate committee leaders, after the final nuclear agreement in June there would be a review period of 30 days, with an additional 12 days for a possible veto by President Obama and 10 days for a possible veto override vote. During the review period, the Obama administration would be barred from giving Iran relief from sanctions imposed by Congress.

Congress should absolutely have the opportunity to review this deal. The administration appears to want a deal at any cost.

Republican leader of the House, Speaker John Boehner

Administration officials have said the bill impinges on the president’s authority and includes provisions that could kill any chance of reaching a final nuclear deal with Tehran. However, there is strong bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for Congress to review any deal that the U.S. and five other nations are able to negotiate with Iran. And many remain wary that any deal will eventually be reached.

It’s the Senate. … It’s not over till it’s over.

Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat