GOP vows to ground Boeing-Iran deal

Monday, November 14, 2016
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Boeing aircraftA controversial deal involving Iran and aircraft giant Boeing may be grounded. 

According to an announcement from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the House of Representatives will vote this week to block a transaction allowing Boeing to sell airplanes to Iran.

The multi-billion dollar deal is allowed under the nuclear agreement between the U.S., Iran and other countries.

Congress has been debating the issue for months, and a National Review Online story from September noted that two-thirds of Boeing's political donations flow to Republicans who oppose the Iran deal but quietly support the Boeing deal. 

Iran Air claims it would use the aircraft for commercial purposes but some think tanks and special interest groups have said Iran shouldn't be trusted.

"We have no control over what goes on in Iran and we do know that civilian aircraft have been used for non-civilian aircraft," Diane Katz of The Heritage Foundation told OneNewsNow in September. "In fact, the carrier that's buying the planes is a government-owned carrier. So the government of Iran is going to have control of these aircraft."

President Obama has expressed confidence in Iran but Katz said she doesn't trust the regime.

"And I think there is a lot of other people, both in the United States and around the world," she says, "who also don't have much confidence in Iran."

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