Andrew C. McCarthy: “The Corker Bill isn’t a Victory – It’s a Constitutional Perversion”


I just read McCarthy’s article in National Review , and have lifted out this important piece:

“Thus, the Constitution mandates that no international agreement can be binding unless it achieves either of two forms of congressional endorsement: a) super-majority approval by two-thirds of the Senate (i.e., 67 aye votes), or b) enactment through the normal legislative process, meaning passage by both chambers under their burdensome rules, then signature by the president. The Corker bill is a ploy to circumvent this constitutional roadblock.

That is why our post-sovereign, post-constitutional president has warmed to it. Because it would require the president to submit any Iran deal to Congress, it is drawing plaudits for toughness. But like McConnell’s debt legerdemain, it’s a con job. Once the deal is submitted, Congress would have 60 days (or perhaps as few as 30 days) to act. If within that period both houses of Congress failed to enact a resolution of disapproval, the agreement would be deemed legally binding — meaning that the sanctions the Iranian regime is chafing under would be lifted.”

The Constitution puts the burden of proof on the President, the bill puts it on the Congress.  It must be voted down!!!

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