Jon Stewart recalls that Reagan signed an executive agreement with Iran, too

Jon Stewart has a history lesson for Senate Republicans
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The invitation for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to trash Iran in a speech to Congress "was widely seen as a disrespectful gesture by House Republicans to a sitting president," Jon Stewart said on Tuesday night's Daily Show. "So naturally, Senate Republicans wanted in as well." He is referring, of course, to the letter from 47 GOP senators to Iran's leaders, warning them that a nuclear deal with Obama would be shaky and non-binding because it is an executive agreement not ratified by Congress.

Is that common? Stewart asked. Yes. In fact, he added, "Ronald Reagan, peace be upon him, signed over 1,500 executive agreements, including a nuclear deal with China and a hostage deal with — oh, how do I pronounce this? — Iran." But while "it's pretty clear the president is well within his constitutional prerogative" in these negotiations, Stewart sighed, "congressional subversion vis-à-vis foreign policy" isn't really all that new, either.

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