Congress will vote in September on a resolution of disapproval of a multinational deal with Iran aimed at preventing it from acquiring a nuclear bomb, Republican leaders announced Tuesday
Both Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said their chambers would take up Iran measures after the August recess.
Given the significance of the issue, McConnell said he plans to set up an unusual debate to discuss the Iran deal, canceling committee hearings so that the entire Senate can sit together (perhaps for hours on end) and debate the issue, rather than allowing members to speak on the issue to C-SPAN cameras alone.
"I'll be trying to get the Senate to have a debate in which we have time set up for each senator to speak, and we'll be asking for each senator to remain at their desk during the debate and actually listen to each other during the course of the debate, leading to a final vote," McConnell announced Tuesday. "So I think this issue is of such magnitude that I hope we will not be having committee meetings [and] we'll actually have a debate that rises to the occasion that this seems to require."
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement that the House will vote on a resolution introduced Tuesday by Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce. But he also noted that the resolution is only part of the issue, pointing to a letter from nearly 100 House members to the president asking that as-yet unrevealed parts of the deal struck between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency be made public.