International Laws and Treaties

Noah Feldman: Oversight bill doesn't tip balance

Does the new version of the bill giving Congress a vote on the Iran nuclear agreement — a bill which President Barack Obama has agreed to sign — shift the constitutional balance of power when it comes to foreign agreements? At first glance, it looks as if it might: Obama initially declared that he could make an executive agreement with Iran that evaded Congress. Now he has agreed to sign a law that gives Congress the chance to review the deal before it goes into effect and block it if there are enough votes to override a presidential veto. This looks like a restraint on the president's untrammeled executive power in foreign affairs. On second glance, however, the bill...