Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on reports that the Obama Administration is trying to subvert Congress’s role in reviewing the Iran deal by running the deal through the United Nations Security Council first:

“I am deeply troubled by reports that President Obama intends to run the Iran deal through the United Nations Security Council before Congress has had a chance to weigh in—much less receive and evaluate—this agreement. Any effort by this Administration to have the UN approve this deal before Congress can review it violates the spirit of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, which the President signed into law. This Administration has yet to formally submit this agreement to Congress, which sets in motion the 60-day review period, meaning the Security Council resolution could formally approve the nuclear accord before America’s representatives in Congress have even received the full text of the deal. Such actions contradict the President’s own statements at a press conference yesterday that “it’s important for the American people and Congress to get a full opportunity to review this deal.”

“It is inconceivable—yet sadly not surprising—that this Administration would try to rush this agreement through the UN before it has even given Congress all the details. Given the repercussions this deal could have on American foreign and national security policy for years to come, President Obama and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power should scrap any plans to push this deal through the United Nations. Congress must have the opportunity, on behalf of the American people, to review the details and ramifications of this deal first.”