House Passes Bill to Restart Iran Deal Review

Democrats in the Senate on Thursday foiled a Republican bill of disapproval to the Iran nuclear deal sparing US President Barack Obama from needing to use his veto. However, the same day a resolution calling to restart the 60-day Congressional review period of the deal passed in the House.


House Resolution 411, presented by Congressmen Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY), states that Obama has not complied with the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 given that the classified side deals between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) were never submitted for Congressional review.


The resolution passed on Thursday in the House by 245-186, with a clean divide between Republican support and Democrat opposition. It remains to be seen if it will have any impact, given that the defeat of the bill of opposition to the deal on Thursday indicates a lack of backing in the Senate.


House Resolution 411 notes there are two secret side deals between the IAEA and Iran, one on “Possible Military Dimensions” of Iran’s nuclear program, and another on the covert Parchin military base where Iran has reportedly conducted nuclear detonator testing.


Given that the deals were not disclosed to Congress for review, the resolution calls to find Obama non-compliant with the nuclear deal review act, and significantly states that the period of Congressional review of the deal “has not commenced because the agreement has not yet been transmitted to the appropriate congressional committees and leadership.”


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