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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Follow Up on the Simulation: Iran Bill in Real Life

During the simulation, we passed a bill that allowed the Senate to review and ratify any treaty made between the Iranian government and the Obama administration. Our bill was ultimately vetoed, but it appears that real life might be imitating the simulation.

Senator Corker (R-TN) is gaining support from both sides of the aisle for a bill that will give the Senate the ability to review the administration's deal with Iran. The bill served as a model for the bill passed during our simulation. Democrats like Chris Coons (D-DL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and other Senate Democrats have given their tentative support, stating that they believe Congress should be able to weigh-in on the deal. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has begun intense efforts to lobby against the legislation.

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