Two months after proclaiming “I welcome all scrutiny,” the president is throwing in the towel, shutting down debate, and preparing to try and force a dangerous deal with Iran over the objections of the American people and their representatives.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest handed down the marching orders this week as Congress prepared to formally consider the agreement, saying he “expected” the president’s allies in the Senate to block an up or down vote:
- “Even though opposition to the Iran deal enjoys majority support in the House and Senate…” “If 41 of the Democrats who support the deal vote to filibuster, it would not reach a final vote in the Senate.” (CNN, 9/8/15)
- Senate Democrat: allowing a vote “will be embarrassing for this administration.” "I think it's cleaner, simpler and much better for American credibility around the world if the motion to disapprove doesn't get past the Senate." (Sen. Chris Murphy, D-CT, 9/8/15)
- “Isn't the public entitled to both a debate and a vote?” “Doesn't blocking that vote prevent voters from holding their senators accountable? Of course it does, and that's probably the point.” (Champaign News-Gazette editorial, 9/9/15)
But our fight against this bad deal is just beginning. That’s because the more the American people learn about this deal – and its provisions that legitimize Iran’s nuclear program, allow for self-inspections, and lift arms and missile embargoes – the more they oppose it:
- “Vaporizing the arcane tradition of simple Senate majorities may be the high point of the Iran deal for the Democrats.” “The depth of opposition to the nuclear deal is startling, deeper than the disaffection with ObamaCare.” (Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal, 9/9/15)
- “Support for the deal has slipped across the board since July.” “Just 21% approve of the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program reached between the United States, Iran and other nations.” (Pew, 9/8/15)
- “A growing majority of Americans… believe Congress should reject the deal.” “As Congress inches closer to a vote… 56% of Americans now say they think Congress should reject the deal with Iran -- up from 52% less than a month ago.” (CNN, 8/20/15)
- “Thumbs down… survey finds deep skepticism among U.S. active-duty military and civilian government employees in national-security jobs.” “Just 26 percent of U.S. national security workers believe that the West’s nuclear agreement with Iran is good for America, and even fewer think it will help Israel or Saudi Arabia.” (Defense One, 9/1/15)
- “The contentious debate over a nuclear deal with Iran promises to grow.” “A recent Quinnipiac University poll found voters against it 55-25 percent.”
“The president has lost this debate with the American people,” Speaker Boehner said yesterday. “He lost it the moment that he agreed to a deal that allows Iran to stay on a path to develop a nuclear weapon.”
So this week the House will act to:
- Make clear President Obama did not submit all the required documents for Congress and the American people to review as required.
- Hold those choosing party loyalty over stopping a bad deal accountable.
- Prohibit President Obama from lifting, suspending, or modifying sanctions on Iran.
Our goal from day one has been to stop a bad deal with the Iranian regime that will undermine America’s safety and security for decades. And we will continue to do everything in our power to do just that.