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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Another day, another Senate vote on Iran

Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., right, with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., holds up a copy of a letter signed by Senate Republicans, that was sent to leader of Iran, as they answer questions for reporters following the Senate vote on the Iran nuclear agreement on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. Senate Democrats voted to uphold the hard-fought nuclear accord with Iran on Thursday, overcoming ferocious GOP opposition and delivering President Barack Obama a legacy-making victory on his top foreign policy priority. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., right, with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Senate Republicans will try a second time on Tuesday to move ahead on a resolution rejecting the Iran nuclear deal, and the outcome is expected to be the same: Democrats are poised to block the measure and preserve President Barack Obama’s foreign policy win.

Last week, Senate Democrats blocked GOP attempts to get a disapproval resolution to Obama’s desk and House Republicans settled for passing two related measures that are never expected to get out of Congress.

The international accord backed by the United States, Iran and five world powers would curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from crippling sanctions that have undercut Tehran’s economy.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has scheduled another vote Tuesday to end debate, but that motion is likely to be blocked by Senate Democrats as well. It’s unclear if this is the last vote the Republican-led Senate will take on the Iran nuclear deal.

Republicans now are working to craft new sanctions legislation to maintain a hardline stance against Iran. Looking ahead to next year’s elections, Republican campaign committees also have targeted Democrats who backed the deal and some organizations against the deal already have threatened to withdraw political contributions from members of Congress who backed it.

The National Republican Congressional Committee issued several statements on Monday criticizing individual Democrats who were in favor of the deal, including those in Connecticut, Florida and New York. Katie Martin, communications director for the committee, described the agreement as a “dangerous deal with Iran” that will put U.S. national security and the safety of U.S. troops and allies at risk.


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1 thought on “Another day, another Senate vote on Iran”

  1. I remember hearing my parents talking about similar actions back in 62, The Cuban Missile Crises. I vividly remember the tension that and fear the USSR and the US would start throwing nukes.The Soviet Union and the US nearly went to war over those 13 days. Those thirteen days did bring one good thing the SALT talks. These talks lead to an easing of tensions and the beginnings of reductions in Nuclear Weapons in the USSR and the USA. Just like Obama and the Iran Nuclear Deal.

    If I remember correctly it was Republicans that resisted ratification of the SALT talks, just like they are doing now with the Iran deal.

    Republicans anti anything not of their own ideology, pro WAR, pro temper tantrums if they do not get what they want and pro obstructionist.

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