Separation of Powers Showdown Escalating Between GOP Senators and Obama

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Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2007 over President Bush’s objections.

Almost half the Senate — nearly every Republican — warned the Iranian government in a letter on Monday that if Obama makes an agreement with Tehran, it will not be legally binding.

The senators explained that the Constitution delegates to the Senate the power to approve the ratification of international treaties.  “Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement,” they wrote, and went on to explain that since the President will only be in office for a short period, unilateral agreements he makes could easily be reversed by the following president or Congress. In particular, any “nuclear-weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei.”

The letter, led by Sen. Tom Cotton (R.-Ark.), was addressed to Iran, but it also served as a warning to the Obama administration. The administration is headed for a framework agreement with Iran later this month that would gradually lift the sanctions on Iran in exchange for Iran agreeing to freeze its nuclear program.  The senators say the compromise has no teeth and doesn’t take into consideration Iran’s past failure to declare the existence of some of its nuclear facilities.

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