House Republicans argue Obama did not submit the entirety of the agreement over for congressional review, thus breaking the law.
“If you read the provisions in [the congressional review law], it’s pretty clear that the president has not complied,” Boehner said during a press conference on Thursday. “Because it makes clear that any side agreements and any other type of an agreement — including those that do not directly involve us — must be turned over as part of it. I do not believe that he’s complied.”
The documents in question are not even part of the main nuclear agreement, but Republicans (sorely desperate to prolong the fight) are vehemently arguing for the papers to be handed over. The two documents are confidential agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, which detail the investigation into whether Iran pursued nuclear weapons in the past. House Republicans argue these two agreements must be submitted with the complete accord under the Iran Nuclear Agreement of 2015, a law which requires the president to submit the full text of the Iran deal.
According to the Huffington Post, when asked if Republicans would attach something on the Iran deal to an ongoing resolution to fund the government, which must be passed by Sept. 30 , Boehner responded, "All options are on the table,” implying a possible government shutdown — yet again.
However, Senate Republicans are not siding with the latest battle, noting the 60-day congressional review period is up on Sept. 17. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Penn.) brushed off the suing claims, telling reporters the lawsuit just won't happen.
"I've talked to a number of attorneys, and all the folks I've talked to on that legal strategy [say] that we will not be successful in court," Dent said. "I said in front of the conference this morning, 'If we do not vote on disapproval, if we do not vote on this, if the Congress were to do nothing, the Congress would look feckless, weak, ineffective, and President Obama would take his flag and plant it in the ground and declare victory. And say you know, 'See you in court. In 15 years, we'll have a decision.'"
But Boehner remains strong and stubborn on his unwillingness to beat the horse relentlessly into the ground.
"This debate is far from over," Boehner said. "It is just beginning. We will use every tool at our disposal to stop, slow and delay this agreement from being fully implemented."