GOP senators file challenge over Iran side deals

A group of Republican senators are suggesting that President Obama hasn't followed the law on the Iran deal. 

Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Supreme Court sides with oil companies in Baltimore case| White House environmental justice advisers express opposition to nuclear, carbon capture projects | Biden administration to develop performance standards for federal buildings Sunday shows - Cheney removal, CDC guidance reverberate Ron Johnson calls cyber attacks an 'existential' threat following Colonial Pipeline shutdown MORE (R-Wis.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Energy: Colonial Pipeline says it has restored full service | Biden urges people not to panic about gasoline shortages | EPA rescinds Trump-era cost-benefit rule Senate panel advances Biden's deputy Interior pick Hillicon Valley: Global cybersecurity leaders say they feel unprepared for attack | Senate Commerce Committee advances Biden's FTC nominee Lina Khan | Senate panel approves bill that would invest billions in tech MORE (R-Utah) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) have introduced a resolution, suggesting that because the administration didn't hand over text of the side deals between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) — which they say violates legislation passed earlier this year — the congressional review period hasn't occurred. 
 
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"In light of the President's failure to submit the entire 'agreement with Iran relating to the nuclear program of Iran,' including side agreements," the Iran agreement instead has to be passed as a treaty in order for the president to be able to lift sanctions against Iran, according the Republican resolution. 
 
The Senate previously rejected an amendment to the Iran review bill earlier this year that would have required the deal be treated as a treaty. Roughly a dozen Republicans joined with Democrats in voting against the amendment offered by Johnson.
 
The senators add that "the Senate, which has the power to consent to treaties under Article II, section 2, clause 2 of the Constitution, has not and does not consent to the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action], which is therefore not `'the supreme Law of the Land,' and the President therefore has a constitutional duty to ensure that the Iran sanctions laws ... continue to be faithfully executed."
 
The resolution isn't the first time Senate Republicans have challenged the validity of the agreement. Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP resistance to campaign finance reforms shows disregard for US voters Bipartisanship has become a partisan weapon Former OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden MORE (R-Texas) has also suggested that the review period hasn't started because Congress didn't receive the text of the side deals. The Texas Republican, who is running for president, publicly pressured Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenators shed masks after CDC lifts mandate Trump signals he's ready to get back in the game Manchin, Murkowski call for bipartisan Voting Rights Act reauthorization MORE (R-Ky.) and House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBipartisanship has become a partisan weapon The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez What's a party caucus chair worth? MORE (R-Ohio) to delay voting on the Iran agreement. 
 
But McConnell has rejected that effort, telling reporters that "as I understand law, once Sept. 17 passes is it not the case that the president will take the view that he is free to go forward."
 
Congress has until Sept. 17 to try to pass legislation on the Iran deal, though a spokesperson for Johnson said that the Senate could still take up his resolution after the deadline. 
 
Meanwhile, the House on Thursday accused Obama of not providing Congress with all of the documents related to the Iran nuclear deal, thereby violating the terms of the congressional review law. The resolution could pave the way for a legal battle, with BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBipartisanship has become a partisan weapon The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez What's a party caucus chair worth? MORE saying a lawsuit against the Obama administration is “an option that’s very possible.”