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January 22, 2015 10:43 am

White House, Boehner Clash Over New Iran Sanctions Bill

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U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Speaker of the House John Boehner. Photo: Pete Souza.

National Journal – President Obama warned Congress Tuesday night that he would veto any new sanctions legislation on Iran, saying it would derail U.S. negotiations in the Middle East. But John Boehner isn’t ready to sit out the battle over Iran’s nuclear program.

“[Obama’s] exact message to us was: ‘Hold your fire.’ He expects us to stand idly by and do nothing while he cuts a bad deal with Iran. Two words: ‘Hell no!'” the House speaker said during his weekly press briefing on Wednesday. “We’re going to do no such thing.”

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