Cruz wants McConnell to delay Iran vote
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus Democrats play defense, GOP goes on attack after Biden oil comments Quinnipiac poll finds Biden, Trump tied in Texas MORE (R-Texas) aimed to pressure Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: Following debate, Biden hammers Trump on coronavirus | Study: Universal mask-wearing could save 130,000 lives | Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight On The Money: Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight | Landlords, housing industry sue CDC to overturn eviction ban Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight MORE (R-Ky.) on the Iran nuclear deal, suggesting that the review period hasn't started because Congress hasn't received so-called "side deals." 
"The review period has not started and does not start until the entire deal is submitted to Congress and the president cannot lift these sanctions until the review period expires," Cruz said. "Therefore I call upon leadership of my party—Leader McConnnell, Speaker BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerPelosi and Trump go a full year without speaking Jordan vows to back McCarthy as leader even if House loses more GOP seats On The Trail: How Trump lost the law and order debate MORE—simply enforce the terms of Corker-Cardin [review bill]." 
The Texas Republican, who is running for president, referred to two so-called "side deals" between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA.) The deals have been a focus of Republican criticism of the Iran nuclear agreement. 
He added that McConnell and Boehner are the "two individuals in Washington, D.C., who have the capacity still to stop this deal." 
McConnell has called on the administration to hand over the "side deals."
If 41 of the 42 supporters also vote "no" on overcoming a procedural hurdle, a resolution of disapproval on the Iran deal could be blocked from initially passing the Senate. 
Cruz praised Democratic Sens. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinBipartisan group of senators call on Trump to sanction Russia over Navalny poisoning Pelosi hopeful COVID-19 relief talks resume 'soon' Congress must finish work on popular conservation bill before time runs out MORE (Del.), Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSusan Collins and the American legacy Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw MORE (W.Va.), Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezWatchdog confirms State Dept. canceled award for journalist who criticized Trump Kasie Hunt to host lead-in show for MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' Senators ask for removal of tariffs on EU food, wine, spirits: report MORE (N.J.) and Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerTrump announces opening of relations between Sudan and Israel Five takeaways on Iran, Russia election interference Pelosi calls Iran 'bad actor' but not equivalent to Russia on election interference MORE (N.Y.) who are opposing the Iran deal. 
"That ought be reason to cause every other Democratic member of this body to take a second assessment of their own decisions," he added. "I also want to mention Senator Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsBipartisan group of senators call on Trump to sanction Russia over Navalny poisoning Schumer says he had 'serious talk' with Feinstein, declines to comment on Judiciary role Durbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority MORE of Connecticut, who... maintains that it should go to a vote and not go into effect by defeat because the minority can block cloture through a filibuster."
Coons, who is from Delaware, as well as a handful of his Democratic colleagues have remained tightlipped about whether or not they will support a filibuster. 
Cruz aimed to pressure Democrats on Wednesday, asking them to "search your conscience. You can make a choice other than standing with your own party."
Cruz's push comes as House Republicans are divided on how to proceed on the Iran deal, with a meeting expected on Wednesday afternoon to try to find a path forward. 
Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus wants leadership to delay a vote on the agreement until the administration hands over the text of the "side deals."