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Cotton Statement on the Senate's Failure to Advance a Resolution of Disapproval on the Iran Nuclear Deal

September 15, 2015
 
Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on the Senate's failure to advance a resolution of disapproval on the Iran nuclear deal:
 
"From the beginning, President Obama intended to turn our constitutional process on its head and implement this deal via executive action, as he has done in the past with his overreaching EPA regulations and his immigration decrees. He never wanted a vote on his Iran deal because he was afraid—afraid of the bipartisan opposition to the deal and afraid that only his veto pen would save a nuclear agreement riddled with outrageous concessions to the ayatollahs in Tehran.   That a partisan minority of legislators would obstruct a vote on a grave issue of national security is unconscionable, and out of step with the proud traditions of the Senate.  It illustrates that 42 Senate Democrats care more about protecting the political fortunes of a lame-duck president than they do about exercising their duties as representatives of the people. 

"I opposed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act for many reasons.  First, it acquiesced to President Obama's refusal to submit the agreement as a treaty for the Senate's advice and consent. Second, and in any event, it failed to ensure an up-or-down vote on the deal by Congress. Regrettably, this illusory oversight now makes it almost inevitable that this deal will move forward, despite overwhelming and bipartisan opposition to it in Congress and the clear will of the American people."