November 17, 2014 | Quote

GOP Poised to Dash Obama’s Iran Hopes

Experts believe negotiators will extend their talks beyond the November deadline for several months, which would allow Republicans to pass Iran legislation before a deal is reached.

If negotiators do reach a deal before Republicans take power, the GOP can still try to stand in the way. Republicans could move a bill requiring congressional approval of any deal, pass legislation defunding implementation, or pass a non-binding joint resolution expressing disapproval.

Some experts said GOP pressure and oversight before a deal is reached would strengthen U.S. negotiators by creating clear red lines they could not cross in talks.

“In any negotiation, you need a good cop and a bad cop. People in the room need to have the backstop that they can point to,” said Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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