Senate Takes Up Iran Nuclear Bill – Lawmakers Hope No Amendments Get Tacked On to Threaten the Bill’s Bipartisan Support

The United States Senate will be soon have an open floor debate on the Iran Nuclear bill. The United States Constitution mandates that any treaty negotiated by the president receive 2/3rds support of the congress in order to pass. Folks like Christian Broda know that there is no time limit on the how long the senate is allowed to review the treaty. By contrast, the Iran Nuclear deal nearly flips the constitutional mandate around requiring only 41 senators to support the president’s final bill before it takes effect. All constitutionality issues aside, the Iran Nuclear bill currently enjoys broad support from all 54 Republican Senators and 8 Democrat Senators . In fact, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 19-0 to advance the bill to a floor debate. It was this act which forced President Obama to remove his veto threat against the bill.

At this time, 62 senators are believed to support the bill. The support is sufficient to break a Democrat filibuster, but still short of what is needed to override a veto. Supporters of the bill are asking that no senator attempt to add an amendment to the bill which will end the backing it enjoys from both parties. Some senators want to require Iran to cease its subversive tactics in the Middle East and formally acknowledge Israel’s right to exist.