Under our Constitution, in Article II, Section 2, the Senate must approve all treaties by a two-thirds majority. However, in a most sleazy maneuver, Republican Sen. Bob Corker introduced a bill circumventing this clear constitutional mandate regarding Obama’s Iran treaty that cannot be redefined as something else.
Corker’s bill attempts to hijack the constitutional treaty provision by making it a regular Senate bill to be voted on by Congress. Under this bill, if Congress votes it down, the president can simply veto it, and then Congress has to override his veto by a twothirds majority. Under the Constitution, the president needs a two-thirds majority vote from the Senate to pass the Iran treaty, but now Congress needs a two-thirds majority to stop the president from passing the Iran treaty.
Our Constitution just got turned upside down by a most underhanded and egregious usurpation of our constitutional protections against a monarch getting us entangled in this Iran treaty. America just got shafted.
The Iran treaty itself is dangerous and stinks to high heaven with all of its secret deals. Why did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with House Speaker John Boehner, both Republicans, even permit this bill to be brought up?
Therefore, regardless of the Corker bill, the Senate needs to stop, get a spine and take a vote on Obama’s Iran treaty, just as the Constitution requires. If the treaty fails to get two-thirds approval, it is dead.