A group of House Republicans wants to create a committee to provide oversight of the Iran nuclear deal.
Rep. Todd YoungTodd YoungTrump education pick to face Warren, Sanders Government to begin calling Indiana residents Hoosiers Live coverage: The Senate's 'vote-a-rama' MORE (R-Ind.) has introduced legislation to create the Select Committee on Oversight of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) after lawmakers were unable to block the agreement earlier this year despite opposition from majorities in both chambers.
"We cannot lose sight of the threat posed by a nuclear Iran, which is why we need an oversight body in the House that can mimic this role and sound the alarm when Iran cheats the deal," Young, who is running to succeed retiring Sen. Dan CoatsDan CoatsFive things to watch in round two of Trump confirmation fights Gingrich: Trump should tell new spy chief to 'thoroughly overhaul' intelligence community Government to begin calling Indiana residents Hoosiers MORE (R-Ind.), said in a statement.
The committee would be able to investigate compliance of the nuclear deal and give an annual report that would include any enrichment activities, uranium stockpile levels, the oversight of the deal by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and sanctions compliance.
The move comes as the deal heads toward implementation day, when sanctions against Iran will be lifted. While U.S. officials have suggested that implementation day likely won't occur until mid-2016, Iranian officials have suggested it could happen in January.
Young added that the House committee, which would be able to subpoena administration officials, would help keep members informed and prepare lawmakers with potential next steps if Iran violates the agreement.
The House committee would also look into research and development of Iran's missile program and any attempts by Iran to buy conventional weapons.
Recent ballistic missile tests by Iran have drawn frustration from lawmakers in both parties. The administration is expected to announce new sanctions against companies and individuals involved in missile development.
Democrats have previously criticized Republicans for using separate select committees on the Benghazi terrorist attack and Planned Parenthood to try to score political points.
Twenty-four House Republicans are backing Young's legislation.
On the Senate side, the Foreign Relations Committee has already outlined its schedule for providing oversight of the deal, including asking that Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryKerry and his dog stroll through women's march Trump fails to mention Clinton in inaugural address Hillary Clinton under microscope at inauguration MORE, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Energy Secretary Ernest MonizErnest MonizWhat we learned from Rick Perry's confirmation hearing Overnight Energy: Rough hearing for Tillerson Overnight Energy: Former Exxon chief Tillerson takes the hot seat MORE testify.