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Rep. Pompeo: House Will Fix Senate's 'Blank Check' for Iran

By    |   Monday, 11 May 2015 06:07 PM

The Senate signed a "blank check" when it overwhelmingly endorsed the emerging Iran nuclear deal last week, and Rep. Mike Pompeo thinks the House can do better, he tells Newsmax TV.

"We can do a much more robust piece of legislation," Pompeo, a Kansas Republican, said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."

"[One] that really does, in fact, prevent the administration from signing for a deal which lifts . . . sanctions without any evidence that Iran has actually adhered to anything that they've agreed to.

"That's what perplexes me . . . They've now signed a blank check . . . that can only bring harm to the American people."

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Last Thursday, the Senate passed legislation to allow Congress to review the nuclear deal now being hammered out with Iran. The measure, which passed by a vote of 98-1, now goes to the Republican-led House.

House Speaker John Boehner has said Congress should have a chance to block any agreement that President Barack Obama's administration reaches with the Islamic Republic.

Pompeo, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Select Committee on Benghazi, has pooh-poohed the deal from the get-go.

"The Iranians have, in fact, been intent on developing the capacity and creating space so that they can openly achieve not just a nuclear weapon but a nuclear arsenal," he said.

"It has been this administration's actions that have created the space for them to continue their march towards that, and now they're headed towards a deal which will likely not just pave the road but accelerate their trajectory towards achieving that Iranian goal."

"I hope the House can do better in . . . keeping sanctions that have been devastating to Iran, keeping those sanctions in place to prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon."

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