White House requests Congress to wait on Iran legislation

March 15, 2015 05:12


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In a letter to Bob Corker, chairman to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the White House called on the Senate to hold off on drawing up Iran legislation.

"The Administration's request to the Congress is simple: let us complete negotiations before the Congress acts on legislation," Denis McDonough, assistant to Barack Obama's chief of staff, wrote in the letter.

"We believe that the legislation would likely have a profoundly negative impact on the ongoing negotiations," McDonough continued, saying premature legislation could make it difficult to reach a "peaceful solution" with Iran.

On Saturday, the leadership of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said they would move forward with legislation that would provide Congress with oversight powers on any future nuclear deal with Iran if an agreement is not reached by the March 24 deadline.

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