The Carroll News
One day after the Senate secured President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, which blocked a Republican attempt to sink it, the Republican-led House of Representatives voted to show their disagreement this past Friday, September 11. While most Democrats voted to approve the deal, 25 voted against it. Some of these 25 lawmakers represent Jewish constituencies, face difficult re-election races in the coming year, or identify themselves as centrists. All Republicans voted against the resolution, except libertarian Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), who voted “present.” The resolution failed 162-269.
This vote in the House cannot prevent the White House from moving forward with the nuclear deal, which will begin to be implemented later this month; however, it can send a political message. It is a criticism of President Obama, considering much of his foreign policy legacy has involved using diplomacy to defuse threats from Iran.
Before the vote on Friday, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Il.) spoke out against the Iran deal and asserted that Republicans need to continue to keep fighting against it. “Is this just a bad idea or is it the worst idea ever? The notion that this is all done and this is just a settled case – it’s not,” said Roskam.
Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) had a different point of view. He claimed that since Republicans scheduled the vote for September 11, the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, they were trying to “stir emotions.” He spoke about how Congress gave former President George W. Bush the benefit of the doubt to enter into war with Iraq, so they should give the same benefit to Obama as he tries to “take us to peace.”
The day before the votes in the House, Senate Democrats blocked the resolution that contradicted the Iran deal. This left Republicans without an easy way to stop the deal. Senate Republicans are planning on holding more votes on Iran in coming weeks.
The Iran nuclear deal in question has been crafted over many months of diplomacy. The United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia and Germany, along with the European Union, created the deal to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The deal cuts off all of Iran’s possible pathways to obtaining a bomb, namely production of highly-enriched uranium, weapons-grade plutonium, and fissile material. The deal also requires international inspectors monitor Iran’s nuclear program at every stage.
Editor’s Note: Information from The Hill, The New York Times, WhiteHouse.gov and The Tehran Times were used in this report.