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September 23, 2015

Paul Ryan to Obama: Don’t Lift Punitive Tax Laws for Iran

Ryan, R-Wi., walks down the House steps at the Capitol following the final vote of the week in Washington, Friday, September 11, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan letter indicates the Iran fight is far from settled. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Paul D. Ryan is in full Ways and Means chairman mode with his most recent letter to President Barack Obama, which asks the president whether the Iran deal means Obama intends to waive certain tax code provisions “directed at illicit Iranian behavior, including its support for terrorism.”

In the letter, Ryan notes Obama has the right under current law to waive certain punitive tax laws for U.S. companies or individuals doing business with Iran — as long as he gives Congress 30 days of advance notice. But Ryan also notes that waiving U.S. sanctions against Iran will give the country, “at a minimum,” $100 billion to $150 billion in frozen funds. Full story

September 10, 2015

House Republicans Say Obama Failed to Comply on Iran Deal

UNITED STATES - JUNE 19: Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., arrives for the House GOP leadership election in the House Ways and Means Committee hearing room in the Longworth House Office Building on Thursday, June 19, 2014. Roskam is running for the House Majority Whip position. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The most vocal anti-Iran deal Republicans coalesced around Roskam. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A week before the Iran nuclear deal takes effect and just hours after Senate Democrats dealt the Iran disapproval resolution a major procedural blow, House Republicans adopted a resolution stating the Sept. 17 deadline is null and void.

On a party-line vote, the House voted 245-186 to adopt a resolution that President Barack Obama has not complied with the Iran nuclear review act, and therefore, the 60-day period for Congress to act on the deal has not started. The argument from House Republicans is that they did not receive the text of a “side deal” between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Full story

In Ruling on Health Care Lawsuit, Leverage for Boehner (Video)

Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks during the House GOP leadership media availability following the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner says legal action against the Obama administration for implementing the Iran nuclear deal is “an option” (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

On Thursday, Speaker John A. Boehner reiterated House Republicans’ resolve to stop President Barack Obama at all costs from moving forward with the Iran nuclear deal.

“This debate is far from over; in fact, it’s just beginning,” the Ohio Republican pledged at his weekly news conference, despite Obama enjoying a veto-sustaining majority among Democrats in both chambers. “We’ll use every tool at our disposal to stop, slow and delay this agreement from being fully implemented.” Full story

Why House Republicans Are Excited About New Iran Strategy

Fleming, R-La., speaks with the media before a meeting of the House Republican caucus in the Capitol to discuss an immigration bill, August 1, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Copyright 2014 CQ-Roll Call, Inc.

Fleming supports the new strategy to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans won’t be able to stop President Barack Obama from moving forward with implementation of a nuclear deal with Iran, and they know it.

Still, many members left a closed-door GOP conference meeting Wednesday night emboldened by a new plan that would let them go on record with their fierce and multifaceted opposition, even as House and Senate Democratic leaders stand to gain with a veto-proof majority of support inside their caucuses. Full story

September 9, 2015

House Republicans Regroup on Iran Disapproval Strategy

Roskam's ethics case was closed on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Roskam wants a delay in consideration of the Iran disapproval resolution. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republicans will gather in a special closed-door meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the next steps for voting to block the Obama administration from implementing the pending nuclear deal with Iran.

A House GOP leadership aide told CQ Roll Call not to expect a previously scheduled vote on the rule for consideration of a formal disapproval resolution until after that emergency meeting, with many moving parts at play.

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GOP Leaders Weigh Pulling Iran Disapproval Resolution (Updated)

UNITED STATES - JULY 23: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, arrives to hold his weekly on-camera media availability in the Capitol on Thursday, July 23, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner is facing GOP opposition on the Iran disapproval vote.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 1:13 p.m. | Faced with a potential mutiny on a procedural vote to bring up a disapproval resolution on the Iran nuclear agreement, House GOP leadership is considering delaying the anti-deal vote and taking up different legislation stating that the president has not held up his side of the bargain.

GOP leaders emerged from the Republican Conference’s weekly meeting Wednesday morning expressing some uncertainty about whether they should proceed with the anti-deal resolution. Republicans are scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. behind closed doors to discuss the next steps. Full story

Roskam’s ‘Messaging’ Idea Could Upend Boehner’s Iran Deal Strategy

UNITED STATES - JULY 25: Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., walks across the East Plaza as he leaves the Capitol on Friday, July 25, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Roskam’s “messaging” idea may have caught on. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In mid-August, Rep. Peter Roskam’s office said the Illinois Republican’s resolution condemning the Iran nuclear deal was just a messaging vehicle, a way for members to go on the record early in opposition to the agreement.

It wouldn’t, aides said, interfere with Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce’s formal disapproval resolution to block implementation of the deal by President Barack Obama’s administration and other world powers.

But last week, the co-chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus decided he wasn’t finished yet, and now Roskam is threatening to derail House Republican leadership’s plans to debate and vote on the resolution within the next three days. Full story

September 8, 2015

Freedom Caucus to Leadership: Delay Iran Vote

UNITED STATES - MAY 22: Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., listens to opening statement during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Rayburn Building on the investigation of the IRS's targeting of political groups. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Meadows and other HFC members are calling for an Iran vote delay. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Freedom Caucus members are poised to demand Wednesday that Republican leaders delay a vote on an Iran disapproval resolution until the White House has revealed all “side deals” with Iran.

And if GOP leaders don’t delay the Iran disapproval resolution, HFC members are discussing voting down the rule for the resolution on Wednesday. Full story

House Republican Tells Senate to Go ‘Nuclear’ Over the Iran Deal

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With the Iran deal disapproval now facing a real filibuster threat in the Senate, a call has come from across the Capitol for the Senate to go nuclear.

Rep. Steven Palazzo, a Republican from Mississippi, has written to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., encouraging the leader to effectively change the Senate’s rules with a simple majority to allow just 51 senators to overcome procedural hurdles and get legislation disapproving the international agreement with Iran to President Barack Obama’s desk, forcing a veto.

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Watch Live: Rules Committee Hearing on Iran Disapproval Resolution

The House Rules Committee holds a hearing on a joint disapproval resolution for the Iran nuclear deal announced earlier this year. The House expects to vote on the measure later this week.

Coverage begins at 5 p.m.

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September 4, 2015

Five House Democrats to Watch on Iran Vote

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 11: Rep. Elliot Engel, D-N.Y., talks on his cell phone on the East Front steps of the Capitol following the 9/11 Congressional Remembrance Ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Engel is the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democrats no longer need to shore up the votes to sustain a presidential veto if Congress passes a disapproval resolution of the Iran nuclear deal  the Senate took care of that Wednesday when it reached 34 votes that would sustain a veto. Senate Democrats have continued to add to that number, continuing with Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, the 38th to back the deal.

But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., still could show President Barack Obama that her caucus has his back and could provide a voting margin in the House that falls short of what’s needed to overcome a veto. Full story

September 3, 2015

Iran Vote Puts Focus on House Democrats

UNITED STATES - JULY 16: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds up a copy of the Iran nuclear deal as she speaks during her weekly on camera media availability on Thursday, July 16, 2015.  (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House lawmakers return from the August break next week with a slate of issues they need to resolve before Oct. 1 — most notably government funding — and one issue they’ll tackle almost immediately: Iran.

The House is scheduled to start debate on a disapproval resolution that aims to block the Iranian nuclear deal on Wednesday. And while Republicans are overwhelmingly, perhaps entirely, against the nuclear agreement, the question is how many Democrats will oppose the deal. Full story

September 2, 2015

House to Vote Next Week on Iran Disapproval Resolution

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 4: House Majority Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., addresses the media following the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McCarthy says the House will vote next week on the Iran nuclear deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House returns next week from a month-long recess, and before it starts to tick off any of the other items on its lengthy September to-do list, it will tackle the pending nuclear deal with Iran.

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., made the significant scheduling announcement Wednesday evening, just hours after Senate Democrats secured the votes that will allow the agreement to proceed, regardless of whether both Republican run chambers reject it. Full story

September 1, 2015

Wasserman Schultz in Tough Spot on Iran Deal


Wasserman Schultz, left, speaks with Rep. Nita M. Lowey, D-N.Y., on the East Front of the Capitol (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in an unenviable position.

The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee has yet to announce where she stands on President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran — and no matter how she eventually votes, the Florida Democrat is likely to pay a political price.

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August 28, 2015

Iran Deal Puts Jewish Democrats in Spotlight

Israel, D-N.Y., arrives at the House steps of the Capitol before the final votes before the August recess on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The House of Representatives will not meet again until September 8, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Israel is one of the few Jewish members — past or present — weighing in against the Iran nuclear deal. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

With Senate Democrats getting closer to thwarting a GOP override vote on the Iran deal, and with House Democrats increasingly showing their own strength in upholding a presidential veto, one constituency remains a key focus in the public relations battle over the Iranian nuclear agreement: Jewish Democrats.

On Friday, six Jewish House Democrats sent a letter to colleagues pointing out the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action has their support and support from a number of former Jewish members. The “Dear Colleague” letter directs Democrats to a New York Times ad in which 11 former Jewish members endorsed the agreement on Thursday. Full story

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