The Obama Administration is demonstrating once again its unwillingness to cooperate with Congress.
Speaking with reporters Thursday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest affirmed Congress is “not needed” to approve the Iranian nuclear deal, a major source of contention between Democrats and Republicans, who argue respectively that the deal will either prevent or ensure a war with the Islamic Republic.
“The fact is, we donâ€™t need Congress to approve this deal,â€ said Earnest. â€œWe just need Congress not to screw it up.” He continued, “Congress has the opportunity to play spoiler and if they fail in that effort, this deal will move forward, it will be implemented, and we will have taken the most important step we can, the best step we can to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
The deal was reached July 14th and stipulatesÂ Iran must, among other things, reduce its stockpile of enriched uranium by 98%; redesign the Arak nuclear reactor so it cannot produce weapons-grade plutonium; and transform its underground Fordow reactor into a scientific research facility.
Critics of the deal suggest it will create a nuclear arms race in the Middle East and allow Iran to generate billions of dollars in wake of sanctions relief to fund regional and international terrorism.