Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued this statement following the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passage of the “Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015”:

“Last evening, Secretary Kerry and other senior Administration officials briefed the full House on the nuclear negotiations with Iran.  It is clear that many fundamental issues such as verification and sanctions relief must be better addressed if a viable and supportable final agreement with Iran is to be reached.  Senator Corker’s legislation, which would rightly give Congress a say on this agreement after negotiations are complete, strengthens the Administration’s hand at the negotiating table.  The White House should put the added leverage to use as it moves toward any final agreement, which Congress should be able to judge on its merits.  The Committee will continue its oversight of the Iran negotiations, including next week’s hearing, ‘Nuclear Agreement with Iran:  Can’t Trust, Can We Verify?’”