The White House is expected to make a final decision Tuesday on whether to approve or reject a deal reached last year between Iran and the P5+1 group of nations, the world’s five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.
But it’s unclear if the president will follow through on his threat to veto the bill.
If he does, it could be a dramatic reversal for the Obama administration.
Here are five things to know: 1.
The White Congress is in recess.
The president, who has yet to publicly endorse the deal, is set to return to the Capitol on Monday for the first time since January.
A handful of aides have been working to secure the White Senate and the White HOUSE, but the president has yet for the most part to commit to the deal.
And there is still a long way to go before the president can sign it.
There are still more than a dozen amendments to be considered by the Senate, and the House is unlikely to approve them, which could delay or block the deal from being ratified.
But that’s not stopping Democrats and some Republicans from using the threat of vetoes to derail the deal in the Senate.
The House is set Tuesday to take up a resolution that would prohibit the president from negotiating with Iran until it receives the necessary assurances that the deal is “firm and enforceable.”
That resolution has already passed both chambers and is expected as early as Wednesday.
A vote on that measure is expected in the House, where Democrats are already pushing for the president to commit, even though he’s not scheduled to return until after the holiday break.
Democrats have said they’re worried that Trump could sign the bill, even if he doesn’t endorse it, only to have his administration withdraw in the days or weeks following.
But the White Houses position has not changed.
And the White house has made clear it will not allow the Senate to ratify the deal if it rejects it.
“It is vital to our national security that the U,N.
deal is implemented, that its implementation is robust and that we are assured of the strong enforcement of the agreement,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Monday.
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