Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) said that the White House has “taken the position” that “Congress shouldn’t be weighing in” on an Iran deal on Wednesday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC.
When asked how the White House has reacted to his support of Senator Bob Corker’s (R-TN) bill that gives Congress a vote on the lifting of Iran sanctions, Kaine stated, “they don’t like the bill, and they don’t like me being on the bill, and they’ve made that very plain. However, when I started to work with Senator Corker on an earlier version that he had that I didn’t support, we started to work together in January, then we filed the bill in late February. The White House has given me every bit of information I need when I’ve had questions about the technical aspects of the deal. They’ve provided information. They just have taken the position that ‘no, Congress shouldn’t be weighing in on this.’ My argument to them is, look, you’re negotiating over a Congressional statute. That is the core of this negotiation, what will Iran do to get out from under statutory sanctions, and if you’re negotiating over a Congressional act, Congress is going to be involved. The only question is will it be according to some deliberate process, or will it be under free-for-all rules and I think we’re trying to set up our deliberate process.”
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