Jewish groups applaud passage of Iran oversight bill

by Rebecca Shimoni Stoil

May 8, 2015

The Senate passage of a bill to increase congressional oversight on a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran was greeted with enthusiasm by a number of Jewish groups Thursday. While the Senate voted to pass the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, a group of 150 members of the House of Representatives made sure that their voices were also heard in a J Street-supported letter supporting President Barack Obama in his efforts to reach a diplomatic agreement with Tehran.

Minutes after the bill’s passage by a vote of 98-1, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) applauded what it described as “the overwhelming bipartisan passage” of the bill, adding that “this important legislation provides Congress a mechanism to assert its historic foreign policy role and review any agreement to ensure it meets US objectives.”

The legislation, which enjoyed bipartisan sponsorship, will mandate increased congressional oversight of any comprehensive agreement reached with Iran over its nuclear program. In addition to giving Congress the option for a vote of approval or disapproval, it mandates the administration to deliver quarterly reports about Iran’s compliance with the conditions of the agreement.

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