House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday the chamber's priorities are "the people's priorities," and that lawmakers will continue to fight the recent "bad deal" struck with Iran over its nuclear program.
"Here in the House, the people's priorities continue to be our priorities," Boehner said in a press conference, according to an emailed statement from his office.
"And while the president's Iran deal may have been applauded at the United Nations, I think he faces serious skepticism here at home. Let me just assure you that members of Congress will ask much tougher questions this afternoon when we meet with the president's team. Because a bad deal threatens the security of the American people — and we're going to do everything possible to stop it."
Most Republican lawmakers have long opposed the deal with Iran
, which was announced last week. Congress now has 60 days to review the deal, after which it will vote either for or against it.
If the latter happens, President Barack Obama can veto the rejection — which would then require two-thirds of lawmakers to veto that decision if Congress decides to press on.
According to Fox News
, the White House sent Congress a copy of the entire agreement on Sunday.
Obama irked lawmakers
this week by submitting the deal to the United Nations — which approved of the deal — before allowing Congress the time to read, vet, and vote on the agreement.
House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul
took the criticism a step further, saying he would have liked to see the American people weigh in on the deal before it was placed in front of the United Nations Security Council.
The White House
responded to the criticisms by saying rejecting the deal would let Iran off "scot-free."
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