September 08, 2015

Corker Statement on Democrats’ Threat to Filibuster Iran Vote

“… I am very disappointed that some members on the other side of the aisle are reversing their positions and now are threatening to filibuster to keep the Senate from voting on this consequential agreement with Iran.”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today regarding the threat by some Senate Democrats to filibuster the resolution of disapproval on the Iran nuclear agreement.

“This debate should be focused on the substance of the president’s deal with Iran and whether this Congress believes we should allow the leading state sponsor of terrorism to have an industrialized nuclear weapons program with the approval of the United States,” said Corker. “I recognize, and have all along, that it takes 60 senators to advance legislation and get to a final vote on a bill or resolution. As the author of the legislation that allowed for this debate, a final vote on a resolution of disapproval at the 60-vote threshold was never part of the construction of the bill and is nowhere in the text of the bill. With 98 senators on the record voting in support of the legislation, I am very disappointed that some members on the other side of the aisle are reversing their positions and now are threatening to filibuster to keep the Senate from voting on this consequential agreement with Iran.”

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