Gohmert Introduces Resolution to Declare Iran Deal a Treaty and Offers Not to Run ONLY IF the Constitution is Followed Regarding the Iran Treaty
Washington, September 9, 2015
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) introduced a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives that would declare the Iran Nuclear Deal the Treaty that it actually is. He released the following statement regarding his resolution:
“An executive agreement is one that is non-binding on a country. It may be discarded at any time. An executive agreement cannot amend any existing treaties. President Obama and his administration have said that the Iran deal is not binding so it does not require a Congressional vote. On March 11, 2015 regarding the Iran deal, John Kerry unequivocally and blatantly stated that he was, ‘not negotiating a legally binding plan.’ Now we have seen it, so we know that was a lie! We now know – the Iran deal does amend existing, Congressionally ratified treaties to which the United States is a signatory; and, the Iran agreement will be a legally binding agreement that changes them.
“Article II of the U.S. Constitution says the President ‘shall have the power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur.’ The Constitution cannot be amended by passing legislation as was attempted with the Corker bill. Now that we’ve read the Iran deal, we know it’s a Treaty; and, therefore, it requires two-thirds of the Senate to vote for it.
“Why in the world would Republican leaders in the U.S. House and Senate still willingly ignore the Constitutional requirement of a two-thirds vote in the Senate to ratify the Iran Treaty? Why would they risk a nuclear holocaust by refusing to follow the Constitution and stop the disastrous Iran Treaty? It’s important to recall the President’s illegal, unconstitutional amnesty that Republican leaders said we’d stop if voters gave us the majority in both Houses. The Speaker of the House even said, ‘We are going to fight this tooth and nail;’ but, he and a majority of the House completely caved, exactly as some of us expected.
“I’ve met with a lot of Middle Eastern leaders; and, in fact, just got back from a trip to Egypt last week. So many of the officials in the Middle East, the ones who are not afraid of President Obama, say Iran’s leaders are liars and cannot be trusted. They have fervently expressed that Iran will develop nukes and will not abide by the treaty. These officials are amazed the United States is so gullible. Numerous Middle Eastern and African leaders have said that if the United States works a deal with Iran, then we are all in jeopardy."
“The resolution that I am filing today declares that the Iran agreement is a Treaty. It states that since it’s a Treaty, the House does not get a vote, but two-thirds of the Senate must vote for it, or it is not binding on the United States. Now that we’ve seen the deal, why would Republican leaders in the House and Senate play along under the Corker bill even though they know the Constitution cannot be amended by this legislative bill?”
“Regardless of what Republican establishment leaders are saying publicly, some apparently believe Iran is going to get nuclear weapons no matter what we do. They reason that if we treat the Iranian agreement as the Treaty it is, and the Senate fails to ratify it, then when Iran gets nuclear weapons, everyone will blame Republicans since we did not ratify the President’s Treaty.”
“However, if Republicans pretend to fight the Iranian deal like our leaders pretended to fight the President’s amnesty, and let the President’s Iran treaty slip through without stopping it, then when Iran gets nukes, everyone will blame the President and the Democrats and the pitiful deal they made with Iran that allowed Iran to get nukes. Then Republican leaders can say that we tried to stop that terrible Iranian Deal but we just did not get the two-thirds we needed in the U.S. House and Senate to vote it down.”
“This Iran deal puts civilization, Christians, Jews and moderate Muslims at risk of a nuclear holocaust. And, I can not just stand by idly and let this disastrous agreement come to fruition without doing everything I can to stop it.”
“After deep lengthy contemplation, I came up with an offer to the Republication Establishment Leaders. It is apparent that Republican leaders want me out of Congress. They consider me a pain and have considered the possibility of getting me out. Republican Establishment have wondered how much money it would take to spread enough lies about me in east Texas to try to defeat me in a primary, the way they went after Thad Cochran’s honorable opponent. I know, after the recent polling someone did in my district, they have been discouraged by how tough it will be to take me out in a Republican primary because most east Texans know me and they know lies about me when they hear them.”
“If the House Leadership will vote on my resolution whether filed in my name or someone else’s, or even one comparable that declares the Iran agreement to be the Treaty it is, and demands that the Senate follow the Constitution and have a vote on ratification, and then the Senate has a vote on ratifying the Iran treaty instead of taking up the inapplicable Corker-Cardin bill’s anticipated vote because the Corker-Cardin bill is not applicable to a treaty, then, I give you my word: I will not run for re-election. If the Republican Establishment wants me out, this is their best shot. But the House and Senate both must not take any votes regarding the Iran treaty that are prescribed by the Corker-Cardin bill because it was written and voted on relying on representations that it did not affect existing treaties, did not affect the sanctions, did not consider ICBM’s, and that we would see the entire agreement along with other misrepresentations.”
“Nevertheless, if we do not treat the Iran agreement as the Treaty it is, and do not follow the Constitution, I will definitely run again, harder than ever to be the Congressman for the 1st District of Texas, and the blame for Iran getting nukes will not just be on President Obama, Secretary Kerry and the Democrats, it will also lie squarely with all of the Republican leaders who refused to follow the Constitution and became willing accomplices in this worldwide atrocity that will be coming. And none of those Republican leaders should be allowed to remain leaders and I will be committed to making it my number one goal to seeing that none of them are elected to leadership positions again.”
“This Iran deal is an absolute disaster for civilization, for Christians, Jews, and especially moderate Muslims. If this Iran treaty is accepted, what is coming is not only frightening, it is disastrous; and, the Hell that this agreement will unleash and allow on so many innocent people is unambiguously unconscionable.”
Congressman Gohmert is the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, he was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas and was appointed by then Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.
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