Sens. Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham are urging President Trump to send the Iran nuclear and Paris climate agreements to the Senate for ratification in a bid to block President-elect Joe Biden from re-entering the accords when he takes office.
“I urge you now also to remedy the harm done to the balance of powers by submitting the Iran deal and the Paris agreement to the Senate as treaties,” Cruz (R-Texas) wrote in a letter to the president and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“Only by so doing will the Senate be able to satisfy its constitutional role to provide advice and consent in the event any future administration attempts to revive these dangerous deals,” he said.
By declaring the agreements treaties, the Senate would have to ratify them by a two-thirds vote, an improbable outcome considering the Republicans have a slim majority in the chamber, and a move that would vastly complicate Biden’s intention to revive them.
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