Saturday, September 12, 2015

Roskam: President Obama Broke the Law by Not Turning Over Side Deals

Calls on House to Pursue Legal Action Against the Administration

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06), co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, released the following statement after House passage of H. Res. 411, offered by Congressmen Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY), which finds that the President has not complied with section 2 of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015:
“President Obama broke the very law he signed by failing to provide Congress with the Iran-IAEA side agreements. Withholding these documents from the American people and their elected representatives completely discredits the transparent review process the Administration was legally obligated to provide. In light of this vote, I believe the House should pursue legal action against the Administration for its blatant disregard for the law. I want to thank Congressman Pompeo and Congressman Zeldin for their relentless efforts to expose these side deals and push for this important vote.”

Click here or below to watch Roskam's Floor speech urging passage of H. Res. 411:

According to the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (emphasis added):
“Not later than 5 calendar days after reaching an agreement with Iran relating to the nuclear program of Iran, the President shall transmit to the appropriate congressional committees and leadership—(A) the agreement, as defined in subsection (h)(1), including all related materials and annexes;”
“The term ‘agreement’ means an agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran that includes the United States, commits the United States to take action, or pursuant to which the United States commits or otherwise agrees to take action, regardless of the form it takes, whether a political commitment or otherwise, and regardless of whether it is legally binding or not, including any joint comprehensive plan of action entered into or made between Iran and any other parties, and any additional materials related thereto, including annexes, appendices, codicils, side agreements, implementing materials, documents, and guidance, technical or other understands, and any related agreements, whether entered into or implemented prior to the agreement or to be entered into or implemented in the future;”