House Speaker and sponsor of this bill, John Boehner (R-OH) did not put out a press release for this bill specifically — but he spoken up about his plans for the deal:
"This debate is far from over, and frankly, it’s just beginning. This is a bad deal with decades-long consequences for the security of the American people and our allies. And we’ll use every tool at our disposal to stop, slow, and delay this agreement from being fully implemented.”
This bill has been considered part of a three prong approach that predominately Republican members of Congress have put together to "stop, slow, and delay" the agreement.
"House Republican leaders canceled [a] scheduled procedural vote as a concession to conservatives and called a late-afternoon caucus meeting to discuss a path forward. Members emerged agreeing on a new plan to vote on a trio of measures designed to register disapproval with the president: a resolution indicating that Obama did not meet his obligations to send all relevant negotiating documents to Congress; a bill blocking Obama from lifting sanctions against Iran; and a separate measure approving of the deal, which is expected to fail."
The New York Times muses that this bill and it's brethren are "intended to undermine the president and embarrass Democrats," by forcing Democratic members to voice support for the deal on the record. This could explain why Speaker Boehner — a vocal critic against the deal — is the lead sponsor of this bill.
And while it seems unlikely that any of the bills in the trio will be able to halt the nuclear deal, the stalling tactics have many House republicans confident that they will be able to throw a wrench in the deal. The Washington Post notes:
"Several House members leaving the closed-door session said the process will allow them to vote against Obama’s foreign policy in Iran and establish grounds to later sue the White House on grounds that it illegally negotiated the deal."
Of Note: The agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (the U.S., China, France, Russia, and Great Britain) plus Germany is expansive — covering over 150 pages. What follows is a relatively brief summary of the agreement’s major provisions:
Iran will be forced to remove two-thirds of its centrifuges used to enrich uranium, and can’t enrich beyond 3.67 percent purity (which is suitable for research) for 15 years;
Iran’s current stockpile of low-enriched uranium would be reduced by 98 percent to 660 pounds, a level which would stay in place for at least 15 years;
The breakout time — which is the time it takes to produce a nuclear weapon — would be extended from the current window of two-to-three months to one year;
Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would “round-the-clock” access to declared nuclear facilities at Fordow and Natanz;
For undeclared nuclear facilities, IAEA inspectors could negotiate for access within a 24 day period, and Iran does not comply then sanctions would ‘snapback’ into place;
No new sanctions could be imposed, and existing sanctions would be lifted after Iran complies with several requirements related to their nuclear program;
Sanctions on ballistic missile technology would remain in place for eight years, while sanctions on the conventional weapon sales would remain effective for five years;
Sanctions by the European Union against Iranian companies and individuals would be lifted after eight years, while U.S. sanctions would not be impacted. These sanctions include the freezing of assets and travel bans.
Summary by Eric Revell & Jenny Simeone
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