Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) would like to prevent Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) from sending any more letters to Iranian leaders about the nuclear deal, prompting her to file an amendment to block just that.
She introduced an amendment on Wednesday that would defund “the purchase of stationary or electronic devices for the purpose of members of Congress or congressional staff communicating with foreign governments and undermining the role of the President as Head of State in international nuclear negotiations on behalf of the United States,” according to the Huffington Post.
Cotton sent a letter to Iranian leaders earlier in March warning them against a nuclear deal with the U.S. and its allies. The letter signed by 47 Republican senators may have backfired, however, as it could keep Congress from passing a bill to require that Congress review any nuclear deal made by the Obama administration.
Members of the administration, as well as some Republicans, criticized the letter. Secretary of State John Kerry called the letter “unconstitutional” and inappropriate. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Corker (R-TN), who did not sign the letter, said it was not “constructive.”