Yesterday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously passed a revised version of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (S. 615) following a bipartisan compromise that the White House has indicated the President will sign, if reluctantly. The National Jewish Democratic Council, which has long preferred a diplomatic solution to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, praised the passage of the revised bill and commended its Honorary Co-Chair Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) and others for their work in securing the compromise. NJDC hopes that this version will pass the Senate and House without GOP attempts to amend it in a manner further subjecting the U.S.-Israel relationship to partisan politics.
Greg Rosenbaum, chair of the NJDC Board of Directors, stated,
“Earlier this week, in a very small meeting with President Obama, I heard the President discuss his strong, personal commitment to protecting Israel and keeping its people safe. With the new version of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, we are a significant step closer to ensuring that reality. The entirety of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and, in particular, Sens. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), along with original bill authors Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), deserve our thanks and our praise for their tireless efforts. This bipartisan compromise allows the Senate to consider a final deal with Iran in an appropriate process while maintaining the President’s ability to conduct foreign policy in the exercise of the Executive Branch’s constitutional authority. Furthermore, it allows the framework reached by our diplomatic team to stay on track to keep Israel and the Middle East safe while preventing a nuclear-armed Iran. While we acknowledge the President’s reluctance to sign this legislation, we applaud him and his national security team for supporting these efforts towards finding a bipartisan path forward to better ensure the safety and security of Israel, the region and the entire world. With domestic political uncertainty behind us, we hope to see the P5+1 bring a full agreement with Iran to fruition that is true to the framework announced two weeks ago, complete with a full and vibrant inspection regime, limits on research and development and automatic enforcement mechanisms should Iran fail to live up to the terms.”