Both GOP and Democratic representatives in the house are trying to prevent Barack Obama from caving in his negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), noted that last July the House voted 400-20 to impose harsher sanctions on Iran’s energy program and said he wants a resolution that would protect America and its allies from lowering the standards required to reach a nuclear deal. He said, “Our next step will probably be a resolution in the House, which will express the necessity of going into these negotiations with a stronger bargaining position. And that bargaining position would include additional sanctions.”
Royce, speaking during a Congressional hearing on Iran, added:
There is growing concern in Congress that the outlines of this agreement do not meet the standards needed to protect the U.S. and our allies. Of great concern, the proposal failed to adequately address Iran’s heavy water reactor, would allow Iran to continue to enrich uranium and even continue building centrifuges.”
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who coauthored the July bill with Royce, echoed his colleague’s comments: “We think it’s important that Congress weigh in. We don’t feel that we should just sit quietly because we’ve done our work.”
“We think that we need to comment on what we think the next step should be, both in terms of what the Senate should do and what negotiations should do,” he stated.