A group of House Republicans wants to create a committee to provide oversight of the Iran nuclear deal.
House GOP wants panel to investigate Iran deal
Rep. Todd YoungTodd YoungDems pressure vulnerable Republicans on Trump meetings Young beats Stutzman in Indiana Senate GOP primary Ind. Senate candidate paid relative 0K for campaign work 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 CoatsDems to GOP: Cancel Memorial Day break GOP senators: Obama bathroom guidance is 'not appropriate' Overnight Defense: House panel unveils 5B defense spending bill 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 KerryAn all-female ticket? Not in 2016 GOP senator calls for China to crack down on illegal opioid Obamas to live in home of former Clinton press secretary: report MORE, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Energy Secretary Ernest MonizErnest MonizBay Area energy meeting is where climate protection gets real The Trail 2016: Donald and the Supremes Overnight Energy: EPA wants higher ethanol mandate MORE testify.