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US House leaders fail to reach consensus on Iran

Top democrat faults timing of resolution calling for new sanctions, more inspections, and dismantling Iran’s nuclear program

The reactor building of the nuclear power plant just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran (photo credit: AP/Mehr News Agency/Majid Asgaripour/File)
The reactor building of the nuclear power plant just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran (photo credit: AP/Mehr News Agency/Majid Asgaripour/File)

WASHINGTON — The Republican and Democratic leadership in the US House of Representatives failed to agree on a resolution that would have recommended parameters for the Iran talks.

Stephanie Young, a spokeswoman for Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the minority whip, told Politico Thursday that her boss would not support a resolution initiated by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), the majority leader, because the time was not right.

“Mr. Hoyer decided now was not the time to move forward with a resolution given implementation talks have not yet wrapped in Vienna,” Young said, referring to talks that have now stalled on the details of a six-month interim deal between Iran and the major powers.

According to Politico, the non-binding resolution would have recommended new sanctions, a tougher inspections regime than that outlined in the agreement brokered last month, and dismantling Iran’s nuclear program as part of a final deal.

MoveOn.Org, a liberal activist group, this week circulated a petition urging Democrats in Congress not to sign on to the resolution.

In an email, MoveOn said the petition was urgent because support for Cantor’s resolution was “gaining ground among Democratic members of the House.”

In a statement to JTA earlier this week, Young pushed back against reports that Hoyer would sign on to any deal that would undercut Iran talks.

“Mr. Cantor has a resolution, it’s being reviewed and absolutely no decisions have been made,” she said. “It’s preposterous to think that Mr. Hoyer would sign onto any resolution he believes would undermine the White House or negotiations.”

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