President Barack Obama on July 20 hailed the United Nation Security Council vote approving the administration’s recent deal with Iran over its nuclear energy program and economic sanction relief.
While members of Congress were not pleased with the U.N. voting on the deal before Congress was allowed to read and review the specifics, the president still supported the U.N.’s efforts to promote and legalize the negotiation.
“My … assumption is that Congress will pay attention to that broad-based consensus,” Obama said, referring to the approval of the U.N., known as the world’s peacekeeping body of government.
To brush off concerns from members of Congress, Obama reminded lawmakers that the U.N. resolutions do not take effect for 90 days, giving Congress the full 60-day review period that is granted under national law, The Hill reported.
Republicans have criticized the president’s comments and dealings with the U.N., with one senator calling Obama’s moves “outrageous.”
“President Obama’s attempts to circumvent Congress and hastily move forward with a United Nations Security Council vote on the Iran nuclear agreement is outrageous,” Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia said in a statement.
Republican Rep. Ed Royce of California and GOP Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas co-wrote a letter to the president saying that Congress should be allowed to review and vote on the deal “before action at the Security Council.” They also warned Obama that it would be “inappropriate” and “divisive” for the White House to approve the removal of economic sanctions from Iran even if Congress says otherwise.
It is unknown how the vote will play out in Congress, but with Republicans controlling both chambers, a vote to deny the removal of economic sanctions is likely.
Obama has already said he will veto any vote of disapproval that Congress sends his way, meaning lawmakers will need a two-thirds majority in both chambers to override the veto. Most Democrats are unlikely to the back the GOP's efforts.