For second time, House OKs bill targeting Iran nuclear deal

AP News
Posted: Feb 02, 2016 6:21 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved for the second time in three weeks a Republican-led bill targeting the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran.

Lawmakers voted 246-181 Tuesday to pass the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act, ignoring a veto threat from President Barack Obama.

The House first passed the legislation on Jan. 13, even though 137 representatives hadn't voted.

To placate frustrated members, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., "vacated" the vote — essentially rendering it null and void — and scheduled another one.

The House bill would bar the removal of certain individuals and financial institutions on a restricted list until the president certifies to Congress that they weren't involved in Iran's ballistic missiles program or in terrorist activities.

The White House said the bill could cause "the collapse" of the nuclear agreement.