September 10, 2015

Corker: Senate Democrats Deny American People a Vote on Iran Nuclear Deal

“If the Iranian parliament and the United Nations get to vote on this nuclear agreement, surely the United States Senate should get to vote as well.”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, condemned a partisan effort by Senate Democrats to block a vote on disapproval of the Iran nuclear deal. Earlier this year, 98 senators voted for Corker’s bipartisan legislation to give Congress the opportunity to review and vote on the final agreement with Iran.

“As I have said many times, I believe each senator should vote their conscience on the president’s nuclear deal with Iran, but it is difficult to understand how some can justify to the American people why they would not allow Congress to have a final vote on this consequential issue,” said Corker. “The effort by a minority to deny the American people a voice and a vote is deeply disappointing and quite a reversal after 98 senators supported giving Congress a say over one of the most significant national security issues of our time. The fact remains that there is only bipartisan opposition in Congress to the president’s Iran agreement.

“The reason this process was put in place was because the president tried to avoid any congressional review by making this a non-binding executive agreement and took it straight to the United Nations Security Council for its endorsement,” added Corker.

“I would hope my colleagues on the other side of the aisle would reconsider and allow a final vote on the merits of this deal so the people of this country know where we all stand,” concluded Corker. “If the Iranian parliament and the United Nations get to vote on this nuclear agreement, surely the United States Senate should get to vote as well.”

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