President Barack Obama is forcefully defending the temporary agreement to freeze Iran's disputed nuclear program and pushing back against the skepticism voiced by members of Congress and some American allies.
During a fundraising event in San Francisco on Monday, the president took a swipe at those who question the wisdom of engaging with Iran.
"Tough talk and bluster may be the easy thing to do politically, but it's not the right thing to do for our security," he said.
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But House GOP Chief Deputy Whip, Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., expressed why many in Congress, both Republican and Democrat, have publicly criticized the deal.
"This is giving the Iranians a benefit, and you get nothing in exchange. … Right now, the stated U.S. policy is to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power, period," Roskam told CNBC's "The Kudlow Report" on Monday. "This begins to transition into something that looks more like containment that is a very, very difficult and often doesn't end well."
It was a mistake for the administration to move forward with negotiations the way it did, he said.
"It becomes a dangerous game for the administration to move forward without consulting Congress. Congress is a co-equal branch of government and has a role to play in foreign affairs," Roskam said. "When the president has a leading ally in the Senate—that is Sen. Schumer and Sen. Menendez—[who] are having none of this, I think he's got major, major problems."
In fact, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., is working on a bill to reinstate the full force of sanctions with the threat of new ones if Iran doesn't scale back its nuclear program.
Menendez reportedly hopes to have a bipartisan bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., ready for other lawmakers to consider when the Senate returns Dec. 9. The Kirk-Menendez measure would require the administration to certify every 30 days that Iran is adhering to the terms of the six-month interim agreement and that it hasn't been involved in any act of terrorism against the United States.
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"The Iranians were given a breath. They've got billions of dollars, and they're able to move forward now with the sure knowledge that the precedent has been set that they get paid to manipulate everybody on the world stage," Roskam said. "We ought not play that game, and we ought not enable the administration when they choose to play that game."