When negotiators from six world powers and Iran indicated Tuesday that they would miss yet another deadline to wrap up a deal to roll back Iran’s nuclear program, they handed Congress an extra month to contemplate whatever agreement they reach.
Under the terms of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act passed in May, if President Obama sends an agreement to Congress after July 9, the length of time Congress has to review the deal doubles from 30 to 60 days. Lawmakers can’t stop the U.S. from implementing the agreement entirely. But they can block the president from lifting some of the toughest sanctions against key sectors of Iran’s economy that were implemented by Congress, which would almost certainly cause the deal to fall apart.
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