What good has Barack Obama done for America?
Our taxes are higher, Obamacare is a massive failure, and he’s divided the nation on racial grounds for eight years.
His presidency will be remembered as a major error in our history.
His legacy…well…there isn’t one.
Now, Congress just unanimously defied him on Iran.
Congress unanimously voted on Thursday to level new sanctions on Iran, sending a clear message that lawmakers stand opposed to the Obama administration’s continued concessions to Tehran in the final months before it leaves office, according to comments provided to the Washington Free Beacon.
The Obama administration, including Secretary of State John Kerry, made a final push in recent weeks to convince lawmakers to abandon the new sanctions, but lawmakers remained firm on Thursday, voting 99-0 to approve the new sanctions. Even Democrats who have supported the White House’s diplomacy voted in favor of the sanctions.
Senior Iranian officials have been adamant that new sanctions would violate last summer’s nuclear agreement and have threatened multiple times in recent months to walk away from the deal if the United States does not meet all of its demands under the deal.
A State Department official told the Free Beacon the department is focused on ensuring that Iran continues to implement its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA when asked about its position on the sanctions bill.
While President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the new sanctions, sources told the Free Beacon that mounting opposition to the deal may make this difficult for the White House, which has been working in its final months to preserve the diplomatic agreement before President-elect Donald Trump assumes control.
As lawmakers pave the way for Trump to undo the deal, the Obama administration is working furiously in its final days to preserve a deal that officials describe as a signature piece of Obama’s time in office.
“President Obama should immediately sign into law the Iran Sanctions Extension Act,” Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.), a key architect of the sanctions, told the Free Beacon. “Since the fatally-flawed nuclear deal, the outgoing administration has done so appallingly little to push back against the growing dangers of Iran’s terrorism financing, missile proliferation, support for the Assad regime, and human rights abuses.”
“Renewal of the expiring Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 is an important first step in strengthening the safety and security of the United States and our allies, including Israel, against Iran’s grave threats,” Kirk said.