A debate over Iran may highlight the Senate's agenda, but it already seems like there might be too much to do.
Sen. Bob Corker's efforts to get broad support for bipartisan legislation to provide a role for Congress in reviewing a final international agreement with Iran about nuclear weapons appears to have paid dividends. And the Corker legislation seems to be on an expedited path to the floor after a markup set for Tuesday afternoon. "We have reached a bipartisan agreement that keeps the congressional review process absolutely intact, full of integrity. And look, this is the rightful role for Congress," the Tennessee Republican said on MSNBC.
Senators were being briefed behind closed doors Tuesday morning by Obama administration officials including Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew and Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz, according to a source familiar with the briefing.
"On behalf of the American people, we want to make sure that if a final deal is reached, it lays before Congress, we have the opportunity to go through every detail, including, by the way, the classified annexes that you're so familiar with that we have the right to vote to approve or disapprove, and in the event there is a deal that goes on, we have the right to know that Iran is complying. We have the ability to take actions if they're not," Corker said, speaking ahead of that briefing. "So I would think every American would want to make sure that someone on their behalf is ensuring that that is the case."