JEFFERSON PARISH, La. —U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., hosted a town hall this week on the Iran nuclear deal.

The town hall happened Wednesday night at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Council Chamber. The discussion centered around the Iran nuclear agreement.

Scalise has stood strongly against the deal, like many of his fellow Republicans. He said Iran must not have the ability to develop a nuclear weapon, and over time, it will allow not only the development of a weapon but the ballistic missiles capable of delivering it.

During the town hall, Scalise called the deal dangerous. He believes it will weaken America's national security.

"This bad deal would also give Iran more than $100 billion in sanctions relief that will allow their radical regime to increase its support of global terrorism. Additionally, the deal rolls back the embargo on weapons and ballistic missiles, not to mention the secret side deals that allow Iran to perform their own inspections," Scalise said in a statement.

Scalise said he expects heated debate in Congress in the upcoming week. The White House said it's encouraged by the support of the deal.

With 34 senators backing the deal, there are enough votes to sustain the president's expected veto of a GOP-backed opposition.

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