WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) continued to speak out against President Barack Obama’s proposed nuclear agreement over Iran’s nuclear capabilities on Thursday, saying Members of Congress need to be on record with their position.
In a video message to constituents posted on her Facebook page, Roby said the House will move forward with a straight up or down vote to allow the people to know where their elected representatives stand.
“I think it is so important to continue to apply pressure,” Roby said. To get Members of this House on record for whether or not they support this deal and want to protect the president on this.”
"Even though the Senate is touting that they have the votes to protect the president on this, I think we need to continue to apply as much pressure as we can in opposition to this very, very bad deal.”
The House is moving forward with what Roby called a “three part plan” to build opposition to the Iran nuclear deal: (1) Passing a “Sense of the House” resolution declaring officially that President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have not met the requirements of the law until they submit the “side deals” to Congress; (2) bringing a resolution calling for a straight up or down vote on supporting the Iran deal; and (3) voting to prevent the lifting of economic sanctions on Iran as part of the deal.
Action on the first two items is expected as soon as Thursday night.
Because the President’s Iran deal is an executive agreement and not a treaty, it does not require approval from the Legislative Branch. However, under the recently-enacted Iran Nuclear Agreement Act, Congress has an opportunity to proactively vote down the deal after a 60-day review period.
Senate Democrats on Thursday garnered enough support to block a disapproval resolution from coming up for a vote.
Roby has been an outspoken critic of the deal, arguing that American negotiators failed to achieve their own stated objectives on inspections, verification and sanctions. In a recent column, Roby put the stakes of the deal in stark terms.
“Not only will we have paved the way for Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon and potentially initiated a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, but we will have strengthened the hand of this adversarial state while weakening our own.
“One silver lining is, because this is an executive agreement and not a treaty, it is subject for review in the next administration. Let’s pray our next president doesn't adhere to a foreign policy doctrine of “leading from behind.”