Kerry: Many ‘misrepresentations’ about Iran nuclear deal
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration stepped up its effort Monday to try to persuade lawmakers not to pass legislation that could hamper prospects for negotiating a final deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program — an accord Secretary of State John Kerry said has been misrepresented.
A Senate panel is to vote Tuesday on an intensely debated bill that would give Congress a say on a potential deal aimed at keeping Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon.
On the House side, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said he will bring the bill to the floor if the Senate acts on legislation giving Congress power to review any deal.
Republicans and Democrats maintain that Congress should have a say on an international deal with Tehran to curb its nuclear program and have lined up behind legislation. The White House has pushed back, threatening a presidential veto while warning that the bill could scuttle the delicate talks involving the United States, Iran and five world powers.
President Obama has threatened to veto the bill .
Under the bill, Obama could unilaterally lift or ease sanctions imposed on Iran through presidential executive means. But the bill would prohibit him for 60 days from suspending, waiving or otherwise easing any sanctions that Congress levied on Iran.