House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R – VA) expressed annoyance that his attempt at a resolution to derail Iran diplomacy failed last year, and announced today his intention to introduce a new resolution as soon as possible with roughly the same contents.
Unlike Senate bails aimed at derailing the talks by imposing new sanctions on Iran, Cantor’s previous bill aimed to dictate the terms of an “acceptable” pact, mirroring Israeli demands which would make such an agreement virtually impossible to negotiate.
The bill aimed primarily to demand Iran forever be barred from any civilian enrichment of uranium, something Iran has repeatedly ruled out, and if passed would insist President Obama not negotiate any deal that didn’t include this demand.
Cantor went on to declare Iran’s recent diplomatic efforts to amount to “aggression,” and insisted the House would move to stop them. Such a bill would almost certainly be vetoed by the Obama Administration, leaving open the question of whether he can amass enough votes to override it. With Israeli lobbies loudly endorsing anything that might kill the Iran talks, that number of votes may be possible.