Inside the Iran Nuclear Deal are side agreements, documents that by law must be given to Congress for review before approval. Those side agreements have not been shared with Congress, so the House is in a position to hold up the deal for failure by the Obama Administration to share those side agreements with them. This approach is opposed by House Speaker Boehner. Read Fred Fleitz explanation of this.

1. Secret side agreements not shared with Congress

John Kerry holds up the nuclear agreement with Iran in Vienna.

2. House members rebel against Iran Deal

According to some accounts, opposition by many GOP House members on how Boehner planned to deal with the Iran deal was so strong that there was talk of ousting him as Speaker if he did not change course.

Obama officials told Congress the IAEA has briefed them on the side deal documents but they will not be provided to U.S. officials or Congress. Secretary of State John Kerry has claimed the side deals are part of a normal and confidential IAEA arrangement to verify nuclear agreements with a member state. However, one side deal document shown to the Associated Press appears to be a first draft written by an Obama administration official to drop an issue that was an obstacle to a final nuclear agreement by concealing it in an IAEA-Iran side deal that Congress cannot see.

The secret side deals issue has pushed many members of Congress too far and led rank-and-file House Republicans to object to Speaker Boehner’s plan to move forward with a plan agreed to under the Corker-Cardin bill to pass a resolution of disapproval against the Iran deal. 

Republican opposition to a resolution of disapproval has been growing because of a widespread belief that the Iran deal should have been submitted for Senate ratification as a treaty which would require a 2/3 vote of approval. By contrast, a resolution of disapproval needs veto-proof and filibuster-proof majorities. This means the Iran deal can survive congressional review with only 1/3 plus one support in either house.

It is unclear at this time what will happen next. Senate Republican leaders have criticized the new House approach on how to vote on the Iran deal.

This confusing mess is the result of President Obama trying to force through a dangerous nuclear agreement with Iran brought about though national security fraud that is opposed by the American people by a 2-1 margin. via Center for Security Policy



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