U.S. House Speaker Boehner: House Will Do 'Everything Possible' to Block Iran Nuclear Deal

Boehner's comments come two days after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged her colleagues to back the agreement.

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In this May 24, 2011 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that the House will do "everything possible" to block the Iran nuclear deal signed earlier this month between world powers and the Islamic Republic.

"Members of Congress will ask much tougher questions this afternoon when we meet with the president's team, and because a bad deal threatens the security of the American people, we're going to do everything possible to stop it," Boehner said.

In April, Boehner reportedly acknowledged during an off-the-record event before a Republican Jewish audience that the Republican party does not have enough votes to overcome a veto of any resolution disapproving the nuclear deal.

Boehner is the latest Republican lawmaker to slam the Iran deal. After the UN Security Council unanimously endorsed the deal on Monday, Senator Marco Rubio, a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, called the day of the vote "Obama's Capitulation Monday."

U.S. Republican lawmakers expressed anger at the UN vote. Several issued statements calling it an "affront to the American people" because it took place before the end of the congressional review period.

On the other side of the aisle, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged her colleagues to back the agreement.

"As you may be aware, I believe that this agreement is a major accomplishment. I am pleased that the response thus far from House Democrats has been so positive," she said in a letter released by her office.

Republicans control majorities in both houses of Congress. But if they pass a resolution disapproving of the nuclear agreement, they would need dozens of Democrats to vote with them to override President Barack Obama's promised veto.

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