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Pressure Builds in House for Tough Amendments to Iran Bill

Friday, 08 May 2015 07:28 AM

House conservatives are planning to put pressure on GOP leaders to agree to a series of "poison pill" amendments to the Iran nuclear review bill, according to Politico.

The House Freedom Caucus is pressing for the measures to be added to the legislation, which is placing House Speaker John Boehner between a rock and a hard place.

Boehner must choose whether to push back against efforts to alter the Iran bill, as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did in the Senate, and thus antagonize conservatives.

Or he could accept the amendments, but that would lead to the likely downfall of the bipartisan bill from GOP Sen. Bob Corker and Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin allowing for congressional approval of any nuclear deal the White House makes with the Middle East country.

According to Politico, President Barack Obama would not accept the so-called poison pill amendments and would certainly veto the legislation, which is due to reach the House floor next week for a vote.

"The current Corker deal gives the illusion of government oversight while actually just providing political cover," said GOP Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, a House Freedom Caucus member. "A number of conservative House members want to encourage our leadership to allow meaningful amendments."

In one amendment, the 30 or so caucus members call for Iran to recognize Israel as a Jewish state as a condition of any nuclear deal. Another addition would give the director of National Intelligence the authority to certify that Iran has "dismantled its ballistic weapons development and research programs."

A third proposal calls for Obama to "certify Iran has ceased all support and funding of terrorism and terrorist activities," according to the political news website.

Boehner, along with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, will decide how many amendments to the legislation they will hear — and could conceivably throw them all out.

While a group of GOP lawmakers hope to kill the Corker bill, claiming it rubber-stamps Obama’s negotiations with Iran, the House leadership — including Boehner — want a quick passage, Politico reported, which noted that the Senate approved the bill by a 98-1 vote.

Calling the legislation "important" on Thursday, the speaker said, "I applaud the Senate for passing this bill, and thank Sen. Corker and others for their hard work.

"I look forward to House passage of this bill to hold President Obama’s administration accountable."

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House conservatives are planning to put pressure on GOP leaders to agree to a series of "poison pill" amendments to the Iran nuclear review bill, according to Politico.
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