House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday announced she will oppose legislation empowering Congress to review the White House’s nuclear deal with Iran.
The California Democrat said the proposal, sponsored by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), threatens to sink the agreement at a crucial juncture in the talks.
She’s urging lawmakers oppose the measure in order to allow negotiators the space to hash out the final details ahead of the June 30 deadline.
“Diplomacy has taken us to a framework agreement founded on vigilance and enforcement, and these negotiations must be allowed to proceed unencumbered,” Pelosi said in a statement.
“Senator Corker’s legislation undermines these international negotiations and represents an unnecessary hurdle to achieving a strong, final agreement.”
The issue is dividing House Democrats. Many, like Pelosi, see last week’s framework agreement as real progress toward what could be an historic accord with the Iranians over their nuclear program. They’re siding with President Obama in calling on Congress to delay any legislation until the negotiations are done.
But many others, siding with Republicans, are wary that the conditions imposed on the Iranians in the framework don’t go far enough to prevent the development of nuclear weapons. They’re backing the Corker bill as a backstop designed to block any bad deals from squeaking through.