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.
“We’re looking at a nuclear possibility”.
Republicans have criticized the administration for failing to disclose confidential details of a deal between Iran and the worldwide Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations agency that will be in charge of overseeing and enforcing the agreement.
However, US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner vowed on Thursday that he and his Republican colleagues will continue to “use every tool” to stop the nuclear deal. Perdue said the Senate action Thursday gives US lawmakers less say in regard to the agreement than Iranian parliament members.
McConnell himself came under fire at yesterday’s Capitol Hill rally against the Iran deal, sponsored by the Tea Party and the Zionist Organization of America.
All of the Republican Senator plus 4 Senate Democrats, who have expressed their opposition to the deal, voted to end the debate. WILL REPUBLICANS SUE? Boehner said Republicans still reserved the right to take up a disapproval resolution if Democrats were unable to block it and the measure moved ahead in the Senate.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid called the 42 Democrats who derailed the will of 58 senators a “clarion voice” of the Senate in support of the deal.
This week, the big unknown question was whether enough of the deal’s supporters would join a filibuster preventing the vote from even happening, or whether the resolution would have to visit the White House before dying.
The law President Obama is accused of breaking is the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which basically says Congress has to review the final nuclear agreement.
Hoeven said economic sanctions forced Iran to the bargaining table but the administration’s deal does not achieve the goal of ending Iran’s nuclear program because Iran will be able to retain its centrifuges and nuclear facilities.
Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., chided the House Republicans for what he said was a “convoluted process with three measures that won’t go anywhere in the Senate and will never reach the president’s desk”.
Critics based McConnell for not insisting that the Iran deal be considered as a treaty under the Constitution’s Treaty Clause, which requires a two-thirds vote of Senators present to approve an worldwide agreement.