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Obama Kept Key Iran Nuclear Deal Details from Congress, House Republicans Allege

EDITOR’S COMMENT: Finally, the House Republicans are trying to assert themselves on behalf of the American people, partly as a result of a ‘full-scale” revolt against John Boehner, as he was not planning to fight the Iran deal any longer. In other words, the leadership was willing to cave in again. Now, we have to hope that Senate Republican leader McConnell does not ‘wimp out’ in the face of heavy pressure from the White House. Even if these tactics don’t succeed, the Republican leadership needs to show conclusively that the favorable votes on this Obama Iran deal are all Democratic.

By Stephen Dinan and Anjali Shastry

GOP’s last-ditch effort to derail agreement could create legal hurdle for president.

House Republicans will attempt a last-ditch effort to derail the Iran nuclear [1] agreement by asserting President Obama has withheld key details of the deal from Congress, meaning the 60-day period for Capitol Hill’s review hasn’t even begun, GOP lawmakers said Wednesday.

The move could create a legal hurdle for President Obama, who argues he has power to move ahead with lifting U.S. sanctions on Iran [2] as of Sept. 17, when he deems the clock runs out on Congress‘ review period.

“Many of us feel this is a deeply flawed agreement. We think it’s going to endanger our national security, we think it’s going to endanger the security of our friends and allies in the region, and we’re just looking for any way that we can to derail this agreement,” said Rep. Chris Stewart, Utah Republican, emerging from a closed-door meeting of the House GOP where details were being hashed out.

Republicans said they expect a series of votes this week, including one to officially put the House on record declaring it hasn’t gotten all of the nuclear deal documents, and another to direct Mr. Obama not to lift sanctions until January, giving all sides a chance to work out the problems.

Democrats have enough votes to sustain a veto – and as of this week, appear to have enough votes to mount a filibuster to bottle the bill up in the Senate, preventing the president from even having to issue a veto.

Senate Republicans set up a filibuster vote for Thursday or Friday.   (my emphasis)

READ all of Stephen Dinan’s and Anjali Shastry’s comments from The Washington Times here [3].

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