Washington (CNN)Ignoring pleas from a bloc of conservative members demanding changes, House Republican leaders scheduled a vote for Thursday on a bill giving Congress the ability to review an emerging nuclear deal with Iran.
House leaders buck conservatives in scheduling Iran bill vote
By a margin of 98-1, the Senate approved legislation last week allowing Congress to weigh in on any final agreement the U.S. and international partners broker with Iran to curb its nuclear program. GOP leaders will use an expedited procedure that bars members from offering amendments and limits debate time.
Though the maneuver angered some House Republicans who wanted to toughen the legislation, many who want the bill to pass see the current version as the only realistic path forward.
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain warned that if the chamber made any modifications it would effectively kill the bipartisan compromise struck in the Senate.
"There' s no other option to it because the president would veto any other legislation," McCain said.
Several House conservatives wanted to add a requirement specifying that when economic sanctions are lifted, Iran cannot use any money to support terrorism or terrorist groups.
Arizona Republican Rep. Matt Salmon told CNN that "it's very disconcerting" that he and others couldn't propose any new provisions and that leaders are limiting debate. He said he was doing "some soul-searching" on whether he could support the bill.
"If this dies, we may not get another shot at this," he said. "Are you going to hold out and probably get nothing?"
Given the limitations on the bill to be voted on Thursday, North Carolina GOP Rep. Mark Meadows told CNN that he is discussing a plan with leaders to separately consider a measure condemning Iran's support for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
The Iran bill will need a two-thirds majority to pass, but members of both parties expect it will be approved and sent to the president for his signature.