US House of Representatives cancels vote on anti-Iran bill
Iran Press TV
Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:8PM
The US House of Representatives has cancelled voting on a measure to block the implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement.
In a fresh attempt to derail the Joint Comprehensive plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the P5+1 group of nations, the House passed a measure on Wednesday but abruptly cancelled the voting on it after nearly one third of lawmakers did not show up, according to the AFP.
The Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act, which would keep the US government from removing certain bans against Iran, passed by a vote of 191 to 106 in the 435-member chamber, a low total caused by the absence of some 137 lawmakers.
It was a rare procedural move when House officials scrapped the vote on a bill that was deemed passed when presiding Republican Bradley Byrne brought the gavel down.
The bill, which the White House has promised to veto as an effort to kill the landmark nuclear agreement reached last summer, was rescheduled for January 25.
The implementation day for the JCPOA, reached between Iran and six world powers in the Austrian capital of Vienna on July 14, 2015, will not go beyond this weekend, a senior Iranian official said Wednesday.
The deal puts limits on Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for the removal of all economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic related to its nuclear program.
"Because many members missed this important vote, it was vacated and we'll re-vote when we return,' an aide to House Speaker Paul Ryan told AFP.
Ryan, who was put in charge in late October, has made a point of sticking to rules overseeing the timing for House votes, many of which are held open at length as lawmakers make their way to the chamber.
Major votes often have a 15-minute time limit. According to House staff, Byrne waited 19 minutes before gavelling the Iran bill vote closed.
The Republican-led House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee approved the bill by a voice vote on Friday.
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