Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) slammed the Obama administration on Monday for backing a United Nations's vote on the Iran nuclear agreement, citing "bipartisan skepticism" of the deal in Congress.
“It is inappropriate to commit the United States to meet certain international obligations without even knowing if Congress and the American people approve or disapprove of the Iran agreement," the Tennessee Republican said. "There is bipartisan skepticism about whether this deal can prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and bipartisan concern over allowing the leading exporter of terrorism access to well over $100 billion in cash."
The chairman of the influential committee added that "the administration's decision to endorse this agreement at the U.N. prior to a vote in Congress on behalf of the American people is contrary to the spirit of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act."
His comments came after the U.N. Security Council unanimously endorsed the Iran nuclear deal earlier Monday in a 15-0 vote.
Nice to know that 1) Congressional Republicans believe themselves smarter and more informed than the entire UN Security Council, and 2) that these snotheads thought the UN Ambassador was going to veto the bill because the GOP hasn't quite finished pitching a fit over something they can't do anything about.
The move threatens to antagonize a handful of Senate Republicans, including Corker, who are undecided on the deal, as well as key Democrats who remain skeptical. The vote has also drawn backlash from all corners of the Republican conference, uniting leadership and the party's 2016 candidates.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the majority whip, called the administration's backing of the vote "an affront to the American people."
"The administration is more concerned about jamming this deal through than allowing the scrutiny it deserves," the Texas Republican said. "Congress will carefully examine this agreement and, regardless of what the U.N. believes, vote it down if it jeopardizes American security and paves the way for a nuclear-armed Iran.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who is running for president, also called the vote "an affront to the American people," addng that it is "further evidence of a weak president trying to sell a bad deal."
Yes, a 15-0 UN Security Council unanimous vote indicates a "weak president trying to sell a bad deal" alright. Or maybe everyone realized that the GOP was going to try to wreck the deal regardless, and rightfully the Security Council ignored them.
During the closed-door talks in Vienna on limiting Iran’s nuclear program, Secretary of State John Kerry argued that theUnited Nations Security Council should not vote on lifting sanctions on Iran until Congress had a chance to review the deal.
But he ran into a wall of opposition from Iran, Russia and even the United States’ closest European allies, who argued successfully that Security Council action should come first, according to Western officials.
Clowns, these GOP members of Congress. You lost, shut up, go home. Even 41% of Republican voters back the Iran deal. I guess they're stupid and want us to die in a nuclear holocaust too, huh?
Naah, it's all a tantrum that in the end, signifies nothing.