Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today made the following comment on the Senate procedural vote of 58 to 42 that fell short of cutting off a Democratic filibuster of a resolution to disapprove the Iran nuclear deal.
“Just a few months ago, in May, the Senate voted 98 to 1 for the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. The bill was bipartisan in sponsorship, and the vote to approve it was bipartisan. The Senate voted overwhelmingly to review the Iran deal on the merits. A few months later, the Democrats’ desire to consider and vote on this agreement disappeared. The Senate’s status as a deliberative body and a check and balance on the executive branch of government disappeared this afternoon. The Iran deal is bad for the national security of the United States and for that of our allies around the world. If anything needs scrutiny, it’s the Iran deal. A lot of senators agree the deal is badly flawed. A bipartisan majority opposes it. The opposition to move to debate today was partisan, even though the opposition to the deal is not.”