The level of deception that took place yesterday between the United States Senate and the public is absolutely unprecedented.
The Corker-Cardin Democrat protection bill, passed by the Senate on Thursday, was described throughout the media as a measure written to ensure’s Congress’ right to “empower itself” in having a say on a Iran nuclear agreement and lifting of sanction. The bill was drafted by Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) and was described as “a bill to provide for congressional review and oversight of aggression relating to Iran’s nuclear program and for other purposes.”
Daniel Horowitz at Conservative Review points out that this bill does no such thing. Upon review of the text of the bill, it is a absolute surrender of the Senate’s treaty powers.
“From beginning to end, the dishonest bipartisan oligarchy sold this bill as a way of securing congressional approval of any Iran deal. Sen. Ben Cardin, Obama’s point man in the Senate on the Iran appeasement, made the following deceitful statement prior to voting on the bill:
‘It was in the 1990’s that Congress started to impose sanctions against Iran for its Nuclear weapons program. Only congress can remove those Sanctions or permanently change it.’ (Congressional Record)
The Senate already has the power of oversight and approval powers of a treaty. It’s called Article II, Section 2, Clause 2, of the Constitution, otherwise known as the Treaty Clause. It states, “The President… shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur….” This text of this bill, however, says just the opposite of what Sen. Cardin claims. Horowitz explains:
“Instead of the default position being no sanctions relief unless a majority of Congress affirmatively approves of the deal, this bill allows the president to remove sanctions after 30 days unless two-thirds of both houses override the president. Ben Cardin has no intention of ever doing that.” [Emphasis and link added]
Because of the Corker-Cardin bill, an Iran deal could effectively be ratified with just 34 votes. Even worse, the Obama White House may even bypass congress and go to the U.N. for approval, effectively bypassing the treaty powers of the legislative branch.
The Senate, Mark Levin explains, “does not have the power to surrender its treaty powers. [It] does not have the the power to change the constitution.” Yet it appears to have done exactly that. Levin gave a good summary on Thursday and can be heard over at The Right Scoop. Begin at the 4:15 mark.
From the House’s power of the purse to the Senate’s treaty powers, is there any power that the GOP won’t hand over to this president?