House Votes Against Iran deal In Two Symbolic Votes

The U.S. House of Representatives defeated a resolution backing the nuclear agreement with Iran on Friday, in a symbolic vote engineered by congressional Republicans who object to the deal.

House members voted 269 to 162 against the resolution in a strongly partisan vote, part of an effort by Republicans to underscore their objection to the accord despite a vote on Thursday in the Senate that blocked a Republican-led effort to kill the international pact.

After a rebellion by some of the most conservative Republicans, party leaders abandoned plans for a House vote on a disapproval resolution, opting for votes on three measures to send a stronger message that a majority of Congress objects to the pact.

Boehner and other Republican congressional leaders are considering more options, including suing Obama, to stop the deal.

A disapproval resolution would have derailed the pact by eliminating Obama’s ability to waive many U.S. sanctions on Tehran. The three measures considered by the House would have no similar impact on the agreement.

In a second symbolic vote on Friday, the House voted 247 to 186 to pass legislation that would bar Obama from waiving, suspending or reducing sanctions under the nuclear agreement.

The symbolic votes will not stop President Barack Obama from implementing the agreement.

To become law, the measures would have to be passed in the Senate and then survive a likely veto.

There are no plans for the Senate to vote on either measure.