When 40 Democrats, along with two independents of a 100-member chamber, voted to stop a resolution that disapproved of the Iran Nuclear Deal Pact, President Barack Obama probably achieved his most vital foreign policy deal.
In a statement President Obama said, “This vote is a victory for diplomacy, for American national security, and for the safety and security of the world.” The meeting ended quite dramatically, with Obama’s side receiving only one more vote than the minimum required number.
What the president described as a “historic step forward,” the Senate Republicans loathed. Mitch McConnell immediately made sure to clear the way for the issue to be reconsidered by the chamber in hopes that the next time, some Democrats would “change their minds.” He rendered the vote obsolete for him in a testy speech at the end.
Under an edict signed by the current U.S. President in May, the Congress has time only up till September 17 to dissolve the international agreement in a resolution. But if they do succeed in disapproving it even after Obama’s promised veto, it will result in the president being forbidden from waiving several U.S. sanctions on Tehran, which is a vital component of the deal.
However, a change in the minds of the panel members is doubtful, especially when Senate Democratic leader, Harry Reid, point-blank replied, “The matter is over with.”
Meanwhile, Senator McConnell was urged by Senator Reid to drop the issue and move onto more pressing ones, such as bills to fund the government for the fiscal year beginning on October 1, so as to prevent it from shutting down. Reid added later that McConnell lost the vote in a situation where he was out of touch “with reality as it exists.”
This vanquish comes despite the heavy $40 million worth of campaigning done against the agreement, mostly by pro-Israel conservative groups. However, the nuclear deal was finalized two long years after difficult negotiations with Iran.
The countries supporting the deal are Britain, the United States, France, Russia, China, and Germany, while Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, vehemently expressed his animosity over it, saying that it gave more to than took from Iran, which would strengthen it as a country, making it a liable threat to Israel.
“US Senate Democrats block effort by Republicans to kill Iran nuclear deal,” ABC web site, September 11, 2015.