How GOP Plans to Attack Iran Deal

John Boehner
FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2014, file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. A former Cincinnati-area bartender charged with threatening to kill Boehner is going to trial. Michael Hoyt is charged with threatening to kill Boehner, either with a gun or by poisoning his drink. His nonjury trial is scheduled for Monday, July 13, 2015, in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

As President Obama continues to make his case to the American people on a nuclear agreement with Iran and other Western powers, Republicans on Capitol Hill are beginning to craft their plan to attack the deal.

Congress has 60 days to review the deal and GOP lawmakers may seek to vote it down. That remains an uphill battle, however, as it will be difficult for Republicans to win a fillibuster-proof majority with 60 votes.

Even more problematic? It would take a two-thirds majority of 67 votes to overcome a presidental veto, which the President has already said he would exercise if needed.

According to The Hill, some GOP senators are considering moving a motion of approval of the deal, which would put Democrats in a tricky position ahead of the 2016 elections.

The House, meanwhile, is more likely to pass a resolution of disapproval than the Senate.

Another option would be to pass legislation, which would place new sanctions on Iran. The Senate Banking Committee passed that earlier in the year and also has Democrat support.

The GOP will likely use the Iran votes as ammunition as the 2016 election season progresses.

But, the White House is already planning their own offensive. National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Vice President Joe Biden and the President himself are all working deals to find support.

The President called House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) on Monday alerting them that the final agreement was at hand.

For his part, Boehner told the President he was “skeptical.”

In return, several Senate committee hearings will take place over the next few weeks analyzing and, at times, criticizing, the deal.

Either way, both sides of the aisle want to use the deal to fire up voters and bring them to the polls come next November.

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