U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Dist. 11) said on Friday that he is co-sponsoring U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly's (D-VA) legislation to create a congressional-executive commission to oversee the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“As the only Ph.D. physicist in Congress, I have taken very seriously my responsibility to review the technical aspects of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action," Foster said. "As we begin to implement this agreement, it will be imperative that we are able to continuously verify Iran’s compliance. The Commission to Verify Iranian Nuclear Compliance will not only ensure that Congress has continued oversight over the implementation of this agreement, but will reinforce the coordination between Congress and the executive branch."
Commissioners will be appointed by the respective chamber leadership, the leadership of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the president.
The Commission to Verify Iranian Nuclear Compliance is modeled after the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission.