The resolution of disapproval that was unveiled Tuesday has been authored by Republican Ed Royce, the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Mitch McConnell the Senate Majority Leader indicated that the Senate would vote as well on a resolution of disapproval.
Kevin McCarthy the House Majority Leader said it was clear the deal was bad and that the House will vote in September on disapproval.
McCarthy’s announcement did not come as a surprise. Under this year’s congressional review, measure that was signed earlier into law Congress has 60 days to look over the deal and its terms before voting on either approval or disapproval of the nuclear deal.
Given broad opposition by the GOP to the deal, it was clear very quickly a measure of disapproval would likely pass in the House.
The Senate vote could be a tougher one, as no Democrats in the Senate have come out formally against the nuclear deal thus far.
Because a vote on the measure of disapproval could be filibustered, the Senate would need to have 60 votes to move forward.
On Tuesday, McConnell said that he wanted the Senate to stop all its other business, including its committee hearings, while the chamber debated the deal on Iran in September.
He is planning that every Senator remain sitting at their desks during the debate in the chamber, which typical in only reserved for the votes that are the most consequential.
Under the review period of 60 days, the Congress will have to hold votes on the measure by the mid of September.
The measure can be vetoed by President Obama as well. To overcome that, opponents would have to win by majorities of two thirds in the House and the Senate to successfully override him.
The lobbying push by the White House on the Iran deal has been focused on the Democrats, who the administration has been determined to toe the line.
This announcement by the House on the vote comes one day after Republican Rep. Peter Roskam from Illinois, who is the co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, said a majority of the members of the House already signed onto his measure that condemns the deal with Iran.