House Republicans will gather in a special closed-door meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the next steps for voting to block the Obama administration from implementing the pending nuclear deal with Iran.
A House GOP leadership aide told CQ Roll Call not to expect a previously scheduled vote on the rule for consideration of a formal disapproval resolution until after that emergency meeting, with many moving parts at play .
Republican leaders were prepared to proceed with three days of debate on a disapproval resolution sponsored by Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif. However, conservative members are now rallying behind an effort by Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., to delay taking up the disapproval resolution until President Barack Obama agrees to transmit to Congress the so-called side deals that are part of the agreement.
Obama will be able to go forward with implementation of the deal no matter what. At this point, he has enough votes to sustain a veto of a disapproval measure, should one come to his desk for a signature. Senate Democrats could also filibuster consideration of any disapproval resolution.
But Republicans have an opportunity to make a statement and take a stand, and the question now is what sort of statement and stand they will choose to make.
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