McConnell: Kerry 'fully aware' that he had to submit Iran side deals
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRon Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many Klain on Harris breaking tie: 'Every time she votes, we win' How to pass legislation in the Senate without eliminating the filibuster MORE (R-Ky.)  said Thursday that Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryEconomic growth in Africa will not be achieved by a blanket ban on fossil fuels Biden can build on Pope Francis's visit to Iraq OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats reintroduce road map to carbon neutrality by 2050 | Kerry presses oil companies to tackle climate change | Biden delays transfer of sacred lands for copper mine MORE was "fully aware" he would have to submit side deals between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to Congress. 

"Since the Iran Nuclear Review Act was signed into law prior to the completion of the negotiation in Vienna, Secretary Kerry was fully aware — fully aware — of the requirement in law to submit the side deal to Congress," the Republican leader said. 
The two agreements between Iran and the IAEA have become the latest focal point for Republican opposition to the agreement, who want to see the full text of the deals. 
McConnell joined with Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerThree ways James Kvaal can lead postsecondary education forward Boehner book jacket teases slams against Cruz, Trump Cruz hits back at Boehner for telling him to 'go f--- yourself' MORE, as well as two other Republican lawmakers, to send a letter to President Obama Wednesday, demanding the administration had over the deals to Congress "immediately." 
McConnell added Thursday morning that without the text of the side agreements, Congress won't be able to fully review the nuclear deal between six countries, collectively known as the P5+1, and Iran. 
"Congress cannot properly carry out its obligation to the American people until, until the administration fulfills its legal obligation to the American people and to the Congress," he said. "So we're calling on the administration to do that immediately." 
The administration officials will likely face additional questions about the side deals, as well as the decision to allow the United Nations to vote on the deal before Congress — a move that sparked bipartisan pushback from lawmakers. 
National security adviser Susan Rice on Wednesday acknowledged the agreements, but said the documents are not public and that the administration would discuss them during closed-door briefings on the Hill. 
Meanwhile, John Kirby, a spokesman for the State Department, told reporters that the IAEA documents are "not in our possession."