Deal or No Deal?
Nancy Pelosi’s political philosophy is not only alive — it’s wreaking havoc on the Iran debate. Passing the deal to find out what’s in it seems like a particularly dangerously proposition this time around, but that’s exactly what Democrats are suggesting Congress do on Iran’s nuclear armament. After trying — and failing — to demand full disclosure on any U.S. secret side deals in the deal before Congress, House and Senate conservatives are exhausting every possible avenue to fight the President’s suicidal policy.
Desperate to keep the sanctions on Iran in place, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kans.) is one of many Republicans advocating that the House use the power of the purse to rein in the White House’s agenda. “We’ll do our best to constrain the President,” he said, realizing that is no small task for an administration bent on lawlessness.
In the meantime, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who also has a government funding battle on his hands, vowed the debate “is far from over” after his party failed to kill the agreement in round one. “This is a bad deal with decades-long consequences for the security of the American people and our allies,” he insisted. “And we’ll use every tool at our disposal to stop, slow, and delay this agreement from being fully implemented.”
Including, it seems, the courts. After the D.C. Circuit Court agreed the House had standing in a recent ObamaCare case, members are hopeful the same would apply here. Conservatives could sue to define the agreement as a treaty (which would require far greater support to pass) or challenge the President’s refusal to give them all of the paperwork on the deal. Either way, most members realize what this White House does not: America cannot afford to misplace trust in Iran. Otherwise, the clock won’t be the only thing that’s ticking.
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