Congress Livid After Obama Pushes UN Vote

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On Monday per the urging of the Obama administration, all 15 members of the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to approved the nuclear deal with Iran.

The move drew immediate ire from both sides of the aisle in Congress with what many viewed as a move for circumvention of constitutional mandates for checks and balances.

Top House Foreign Affairs Committee member Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) joined chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) in a joint statement calling Obama on the carpet and promising that Congress will assert its rightful role in the process.

Sen. John Cornyn joined a bipartisan chorus in the upper house calling the vote into question in the most stark terms as an “affront to the American people” by “jamming this deal through”.

Secretary of State John Kerry responded to the criticism explaining that Congress still has two months to review the deal and vote accordingly.

Though there are likely enough votes to deny support of the deal, Republicans have an uphill battle in garnering enough backing to override Obama’s almost certain veto.