“Do away with the emergency exception,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Wednesday. Doing so, he added, would prevent the executive branch from repeating such a move in the future. “I would not have agreed to that before, but after this maneuver by the administration, count me in.”
Graham is one of several leading lawmakers conferring over how to change the rules governing congressional oversight of arms sales to prevent end-runs around Congress, after Democrats and Republicans objected to the administration citing an unspecific threat from Iran to expedite more than $8 billion worth of weapons sales.
“We’re talking about a more permanent fix, so we can’t have it this way again,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said.
Next week, Menendez, Graham, and others are expected to ask for a vote on 22 disapproval resolutions aimed at blocking the sales, and a bipartisan majority of senators is expected to support that effort. House Democrats also are expected to pursue a package of disapproval resolutions intended to stymie the deals.
But with Republican Senate leaders committed to oppose the resolutions, it will be difficult to overcome a presidential veto.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman James Risch, R-Idaho, who