Illinois Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger has been one of the more vocal critics of the Iranian nuclear deal but seems to becoming a bit of a defeatist when it comes to the prospects of Congress putting the kibosh to President Obama’s plans to give the Iranian terrorist regime $150 billion, access to intercontinental ballistic missiles, a glide path towards building a nuclear weapon, and puts Israel’s very existence in jeopardy.
Rep. Kinzinger told 1440 WROK’s morning show Thursday that because House and Senate Democrats are solidly behind President Obama on the Iran nuclear deal, “The deals going to happen I hate to say it. I’m going to vote against it, I’m going to do everything I can to stop it but the democrats have ignored the wishes of the American people, very obviously… And they’ve decided instead to rally around their parties President…regardless it looks like its going to pass.”
Fellow Illinois congressman [mc_name name=’Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’R000580′ ] this week working in concert with members of the House Freedom Caucus put forth a plan to try and kill the Iran nuclear deal in Congress using the Corker-Cardin bill. Under Roskam’s plan since Obama never gave to Congress every aspect of the Iran nuclear deal, namely the side deals Iran has with the IAEA, then the 60 day countdown for Congress to approve or disapprove of the Iran deal never started, putting the onus on the Obama administration to come clean about all aspects of the deal. The plan which was adopted by House leadership Wednesday after it became clear that conservatives were not going to go along with leaderships plan to “pretend fight” against Obama on Iran by voting on a simple resolution of disapproval of the deal, such an effort is and would be defeated by a Democrat filibuster in the Senate, which did occur Thursday. The plan in the House also calls for voting a resolution of approval of the Iran deal, which will easily be defeated by the Republican controlled chamber. Following that Roskam and his allies then plan to have the House vote on a measure to keep President Obama from lifting any of the economic sanctions against Iran which have crippled their economy.
While he says he supports Roskam’s plan and will vote for it when it comes up in the House, likely on Friday, Kinzinger’s heart just doesn’t seem to be with his fellow Illini as he said that Roskam’s plan would only end up giving Congress standing in court to challenge Obama to provide the full Iran deal and would be a tough public relations battle. Kinzinger also ludicrously said that no matter what President Obama would have the authority, according to “experts” he’s spoken with, under Article I of the Constitution to unilaterally remove the economic sanctions against Iran.
“This is a very though public relations case to make, I’ll just be quite honest. I totally agree with [mc_name name=’Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’R000580′ ]’s point of view but to assume that we’re going to get the American people to understand is going to be tough. But, I’m going to vote no matter what comes up…I’m obviosusly going to oppose this, I’m going to oppose the Iran deal and hopefully we’ll have standing to go to court to say the President has not provided us all the information required, we’ll see how successful that is.
I’ve heard from very smart experts that understand the law, the legal side and everything. They say the President has the authority under in essence Article I of the Constitution as commander-in-chief and ability to negotiate he has the ability to unilaterally do that(end sanctions) if he finds it in the national interest. We’re going to look for every way to stop that.”
Congressman Kinzinger if you want to stop Obama from ending sanctions, which have been imposed by Congress, then back [mc_name name=’Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’R000580′ ] and the conservatives in the House and [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] and their efforts to actually kill the Iran nuclear deal instead of paying lip service to the two-thirds of the country that is opposed to this terrible deal.
As for Kinzinger’s “experts” it is obvious they and Kinzinger himself have trouble with Roman numerals. Article I of the constitution deals exclusively with the powers, role, and structure of Congress. It is Article II that contains the powers of the presidency, including to negotiate with foreign countries and to lead the military. However, Article I gives the Senate final say over treaties, which is what the Iran nuclear deal is. And if anyone wants to go to court over this whole thing then they should be doing so to have the Corker-Cardin bill found unconstitutional because it by statute not constitutional amendment changed the entire treaty approval process.
To keep President Obama from lifting Iran’s sanctions Kinzinger and the rest of the establishment GOP need to grow a pair and assert their constitutional authorities. Congress imposed the Iran sanctions, and only Congress can lift them. The Senate must approve any treaty by a two-thirds vote. Congress has the power, no thanks to Corker-Cardin, to kill the Iran nuclear deal, but do [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ], [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000355′ ], and Adam Kinzinger have the actual will to do it; that remains to be seen.
cross posted from USofArn.com