An open letter to Iran from Republican United States Senators has stirred quite a controversy in Washington and a Nebraska senator doesn’t apologize.
Sen. Deb Fischer signed onto the letter written by freshman Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas.
“I signed onto the letter to clarify Congress’ authority, responsibility, and position with regard to this issue with Iran,” Fischer tells Nebraska Radio Network.
The letter has been met with harsh criticism from Democrats, including President Barack Obama. Critics contend it is an unprecedented step that interferes with delicate negotiations now underway with Iran; negotiations aimed at curtailing a move by Iran to develop a nuclear weapons program.
Fischer counters she worries Obama hopes to craft an international agreement and cut the Senate out of its traditional role of approving such deals.
“So, I signed onto this letter to clarify that Congress, and the Senate especially, has a responsibility in this regard,” Fischer says.
The letter signed 47 Republican Senators (Sen. Ben Sasse also signed the letter) cautions that any agreement reached without Senate approval could be modified by a future Congress or discarded with “the stroke of a pen” by a future president.
Negotiators have set a March deadline to agree on a framework for a final deal in June.
Click here to read the letter.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]