Democrats filibuster vote on nuclear agreement

The Obama administration wants Congress to keep threatening intensified sanctions against Iran, but not actually adopt them. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
President Obama was handed a foreign policy victory today when Senate Democrats blocked a vote on a resolution of disapproval on the Iran nuclear agreement. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

Senate Democrats held firm to their previously announced positions and blocked a resolution of disapproval on the Iran nuclear agreement on Thursday afternoon.

A procedural vote fell two votes short, 58-42, of the number needed to break a Democratic filibuster. The 54 Republicans who oppose the deal were joined by four Democrats: Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and Jewish lawmakers Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) lambasted Senate Democrats and he vowed to move forward on a vote again next week. He said President Barack Obama is proud of the deal and therefore should be happy to sign a veto.

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Minority Leader, said, “The senate has spoken with a clarion voice…and said this nuclear agreement will stand.”

Reid declared that this decision was final. Any future attempts to vote will be a “waste of time” and lead to further “disarray.”

McConnell, who noted that the Majority Leader always gets the last word, said, “The issue is not over. The Democratic leader saying the issue is over doesn’t make it over.”

Said McConnell, “This agreement is a metaphor for all the mistakes this president has made.”



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