The agreement reached with Iran is of monumental importance to the U.S. and to the world. There is no doubt that in previous times it would have been characterized as a treaty and would have required a two-thirds vote of both houses for approval. I was surprised and worried when the President avoided the approval requirements for a treaty by characterizing the agreement as an “executive agreement.” I thought that the compromise negotiated by Senators Corker and Menendez was an admirable and elegant attempt to resolve the situation, although they do not adequately replace the high bar for approval and the equal status for Congress that the Constitution’s treaty provision provides.
(Originally published in The Times of Israel)
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