The House of Representatives failed to reach an agreement on an Iran resolution that would provide parameters for relations going forward.
The House originally aimed to present a motion that would give suggestions on the parameters for future talks with the Iranian government, in the wake of a US-brokered interim deal that will see a pause on Iran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for an ease in economic sanctions.
However, House Democrats and Republicans were unable to reach an agreeable resolution, which would have been non-binding.
A spokesperson for Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the minority whip, told Politico that House Democrats could not come to a conclusion as the timing was not right.
“Mr. Hoyer decided now was not the time to move forward with a resolution given implementation talks have not yet wrapped in Vienna,” Stephanie Young said, referring to Vienna-talks between world powers and Iran, which had not concluded as of last week when the House voted on the resolution.
The motion was spearheaded by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), the House majority leader. It would have called for new sanctions on Iran, a tougher inspections plan, and a dismantling of Iran’s nuclear program as prerequisite for any final deal.