September 11, 2015 | Quote
Iran No Confidence Vote
The Senate held its first showdown vote on the Iranian nuclear deal Thursday, with 58 Senators having declared their opposition, including four Democrats and Republican non-hawks like Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky. The American public is also overwhelmingly opposed, with a Pew poll this week finding 21% approval for the agreement versus 49% disapproval.
So it says something about President Obama’s contempt for Congress that he browbeat and threatened 42 Democrats to filibuster the vote so he can duck having to veto a resolution of disapproval. The President may think he can spin 42 Senate votes into political vindication, and we’re sure he’ll get media support for that view. But Americans should read a filibuster as a tacit Democratic admission of no confidence in an agreement they fear voting on.
In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Mr. Pompeo and constitutional litigator David Rivkin argue that Mr. Obama’s failure to submit the full agreement to Congress within the 60-day review period means Mr. Obama “remains unable lawfully to waive or lift statutory Iran-related sanctions.” They urge Congress to vote “to register their view that the president has not complied with his obligations under the act.”
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