The Senate leadership failed in their effort to block the Iran deal today, and while they intend to keep plugging away with unlikely resolution, the House Republican leadership appears to be playing the sore loser, passing a hostile resolution and talking up the idea of filing a lawsuit to block US implementation of the pact.
The House vote, a 245-186 vote that went 100% on party lines, sought to overcome the upcoming September 17 deadline for Congressional review on the Iran deal by saying they think the 60-day review period hasn’t officially started because the IAEA didn’t give Congress the text of all confidential side deals with Iran.
The resolution itself isn’t expected to have any actual meaning, however, so to that end Rep. Matt Salmon (R – AZ) revealed that the House is shifting its focus away from resolutions and toward filing a lawsuit, hoping the court will block US involvement in the deal that way.
Both houses of Congress were touting the 60-day review period initially, figuring it was plenty of time for them, backed by tens of millions of dollars in AIPAC lobbying to get a veto-proof majority in both the House and Senate. Now that it’s clear there’s no chance of that happening in the Senate, they’re moving on to increasingly less plausible ways to try to kill the deal.
Since the deals the White House “didn’t send Congress” were not the nuclear deal itself, and were rather deals between Iran and the IAEA which the US was never a party to in the first place, it’s hard to imagine courts agreeing this means that the “whole deal” wasn’t given to Congress.
4 thoughts on “House Republicans Threaten Lawsuit to Block Iran Deal”
I'm wondering if some of these politicians knows that
75% of Americans can't locate Iran on a map.
The pols don't care what the American people think.
Here is how FDR might have publicly responded. "Mr. Speaker, you are most welcome to visit me in the White House to take a look at the information which I do not have".
If democrats have managed to block these senators idea in killing the deal with Iran, how the hell they think they have chance in court to win and block the deal? Beside, if they believe in democracy then they should admit to their defeat, that is to say, if they believe in democracy.
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