U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said he would do “everything possible” to stop the Iran nuclear deal.
“While the president’s Iran deal may have been applauded at the United Nations, I think he faces serious skepticism here at home,” Boehner told reporters.
“Members of Congress will ask much tougher questions this afternoon when we meet with the president’s team, and because a bad deal threatens the security of the American people, we’re going to do everything possible to stop it.”
While the deal was endorsed by the U.N. Security Council, it was met with opposition by many in the Congress. Republicans and some Democrats wanted the Congress to assess the deal before the U.N. approval was sought.
According to CNN, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky said, “It’s always the administration, not Congress, that carries the burden of proof in a debate of this nature.
“And it seems the administration today has a long way to go with Democrats and Republicans alike.”
The deal was sent to the Capitol Hill on Sunday, which starts a 60-day period for lawmakers to review and consider it before voting for an approval, disapproval or no action, as reported by Fox News.
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama made an appearance on “The Daily Show,” and he referred to the controversial nuclear deal as the best compromise the government could achieve.
“I do think the work we did early starts bearing fruit later,” he said.
“It just so happens that people are seeing the work we did when we first came in — so Iran … [it] took four or five years to get them to the table.”
Boehner told reporters, “Members of Congress will ask much tougher questions this afternoon when we meet with the president’s team, and because a bad deal threatens the security of the American people, we’re going to do everything possible to stop it.”
Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz were slated to conduct classified briefings for lawmakers in the US Capitol later Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Congress is caught between the two sides the deal has presented. The White House supports the deal and is urging for an approval, while Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer is opposing the deal and is asking that the Congress stop the pact.
In a meeting with 40 House conservatives, Dermer spoke about the repercussions the nuclear agreement could bring about. His message, as relayed by Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King, was “Congress is the last stop to avoid this.”
King, who hosted the meeting, said that if the deal is allowed to go through, “it paves the way not just for a nuclear Iran, but a very highly powered nuclear Iran that changes the dynamics in the region and changes the destiny of the world.”
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