Democrats Rise Up And Hand Mitch McConnell A Humiliating Loss By Blocking Iran Resolution


Democrats rose up and handed Mitch McConnell a humiliating defeat. Senate Democrats blocked the Iran disapproval resolution from moving forward by a vote of 58-42.

The vote went as expected with all Republicans plus four Democrats supporting the resolution, and the rest of the Democrats plus the two Independents voted no. Without the 60 votes needed for advancement, the bill was blocked.

Before the vote, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) preemptively whined about Democrats, “Just a few short months ago, Senators of both parties came together to pass a bipartisan bill based on an important principle: that the American people, through the Congress they elect, deserve a say on one of the most important issues of our time. We rallied around that principle, voting 98-1 to ensure the American people would have a real say on any deal with Iran. What a tragedy it would be then if, at the very last moment, some of those same Senators decided to filibuster to prevent the American people from having a real say on this incredibly important issue. I know some of our colleagues are currently under immense pressure to shut down the voice of the people. But I ask colleagues to reflect on the gravely serious nature of the issue before us. I ask colleagues to consider the expectations they set with their constituents when they voted for the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act.”


Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) placed all of the blame where it really belongs:

That is why I am once again putting forward my consent to skip cloture and all procedural votes and move to a vote on final passage this evening. Every Senator in this body should understand that if they are forced to vote on cloture it is because Senator McConnell, not Democrats, wanted them to. The idea that Democrats are somehow trying to stop debate or keeping us from a final vote is foolish.

Let’s be clear about who is moving to end debate: it is the Republican leader and he alone who is moving to end debate. It is the Republican Leader who filed a procedural motion last night to end debate.

Actions speak louder than words – Democrats acted to get this bill to the floor and debate it. Democrats are ready to vote on final passage. But if we are forced to vote on cloture, all Senators should understand that the cloture vote will then become the defining vote that determines whether the resolution of disapproval moves forward to the President’s desk. Vote no on cloture. A vote against cloture is a vote for the Iran agreement – plain and simple.

Mitch McConnell set himself up for this failure by refusing to allow a clean up or down final vote. McConnell’s game was to make Democrats go on record in support of the deal. His plan backfired because the anti-war position is the more popular in the country. Democrats are happy to block the deal.

Republicans continue to try to play power games that are based on power that they don’t have. Republicans don’t have sixty votes, but they still try to ram their unpopular agenda down the throats of Democrats.

Senate Democrats continue to rise to the challenge, as Mitch McConnell’s poor leadership has resulted in another Republican defeat.

McConnell can schedule some different votes and continue to play games, but he only has a week, and Democrats aren’t going to budge.

39 Replies to “Democrats Rise Up And Hand Mitch McConnell A Humiliating Loss By Blocking Iran Resolution”

  1. .

    Mitch McConnell set himself up for this failure by refusing to allow a clean up or down final vote. McConnell’s game was to make Democrats go on record in support of the deal. His plan backfired because the anti-war position is the more popular in the country. Democrats are happy to block the deal.”

    Out of touch. This is what happens when fantasy is more popular than reality

  2. From my understanding this defeat of the warmongers gets better.

    The agreement includes the end of congressionally-imposed sanctions. That requires a congressional vote. But the Republicans screwed themselves. Before Corker got involved last spring, it would have taken majorities in both houses to end such sanctions. But thanks to the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, Obama can relax or eliminate those sanctions without further Congressional review unless Congress passes the resolution of disapproval of the entire deal
    I swear the President must have dropped to his knees and hollered “THANK YOU JESUS FOR THESE IDIOTS”

  3. The other 3 are Menendez, Cardin and Manchin.. Reid parting words to McConnell (parahasing) “You knew where we stood and you tried to be cute and we shut you down.” Game over..

  4. SHUTDOWN Heinous deals are made that give 95% of $30 trillion created wealth to the rich, corporations, and bankers while extreme poverty, homelessness and hunger increased. The continued existence of US poverty is totally indefensible and the United States, the wealthiest country in the world. The US Constitution puts no limits on making and issuing money as long as it serves the public good. There is no public good in the Pentagon losing $8.5 trillion, there is no public good for the Federal Reserve giving trillions to foreign banks and corporations, and there is no public good for Congress giving trillions to the rich, fossil fuel industry and other multinational corporations.
    The Basic Affordability of Basic Income
    The Federal Reserve (The Fed) setting up a Basic Guaranteed

  5. McConnell (and the rest of his cronies), can cry us all a river and build us a bridge-I may be alone in this, but I don’t feel one iota of a bit sorry for him, not a one…

  6. …methinks the Republican’t Potty outsmarted themselves…AGAIN!!!
    …the Turtlemann has only himself to blame…his history o’ backstabbin’ leaves Sen. Reid with no option but to mutter “F’k the Turtle!!!” and block…

  7. The old saying, “eat shit and die”, works pretty well here. Repugs definitely ate shit on this one, and I’d be willing to bet the farm that this whole thing is killing them. So proceed with the rest at your leisure boys.

  8. No, Obama had the power to waive sanctions all along. It specifically says that in the sanctions bills. The review bill actually prevented him from doing it while Congress reviewed and would have permanently prevented him from doing it if a resolution of disapproval was passed (requiring a veto proof majority).

  9. ‘It’s a trap!’
    And Congress walked right into it.

    Naked traitors and DINOs have been publicly paraded, Israel has dropped their pious mask and the Tealiban shot their wad on a KY clerk dumb enough to vote for McTurtle.

    I love it when a plan comes together.

    The President and his cohort are springing legal and political traps they set years ago.
    This is part of a long range campaign to neuter Capitalism and its congressional running dogs.

    Congress overstepped constitutional bounds. Instead of turning to a corrupt SCOTUS, POTUS turned the tables. He now owns them. The entire farce also flushed out Democrats like Schumer, who will never be Democratic Leader. A parting gift to his successor.

    I suspected something afoot when the WH hung the big KKK sign on GOP Whip Scalise (LA). ‘Welcome to DC, Cracker’ was the subtext. Opening shot.

    There WILL be a peaceful, legal transfer of power. Mr. Obama is taking steps to ensure it.

  10. Joan, me too. I really want Dick Durbin. Schummer firmly believes he is entitled. I wish Al Franken, Durbin and others would show him otherwise!

  11. At least Senator McConnell can take some solace in knowing he limited President Obama to just one term in office.

  12. The vote was way too close for comfort to prevent the destruction of the Iran peace agreement. The same jerks who lied us into a tragic and unnecessary Iraq war want a war with Iran. Israel won’t fight it, we will.

  13. Also to Israel!

    From a community organizer to destroying Israel.
    Chicago communities ruined I can live with bc there is no hope in the Democratic City but Israel.

  14. Then take your ass over there and join the IDF. If your loyalties lie with them and you live in my country then its a word for you. TRAITOR

  15. The biggest problem visited upon McConnell and the rest of the GOP gang is that, had he gotten his way, the US would unilaterally have withdrawn from the Iran agreement.

    In that event, there was still nothing to prevent the EU et al from moving forward with it — leaving the US sitting all by itself on the outside, with really no option. Apparently McConnell and Co. were content to have the US sitting with its thumbs up their butts for the next however-long. Yes, it might have prevented Iran from regaining control of its monies within the US. And it might have prevented us from selling them anything, or buying oil from them… All by ourselves (OK, throw Israel into the pot with us).

    This is NOT what’s called international diplomacy. This is NOT what’s called a measured response to Iranian ambitions. It’s called a GOP tantrum. Merely the latest.

  16. Democratic Senators vote on the leadership position. It should rightfully go to Dick Durbin who was always positioned as next in line and who during this process of the Iran vote is the Democrat responsible in the Senate for securing the votes President Obama needed. Schumer has no business being made leader after his turncoat behavior. I don’t know why Reid put Schumer forth in the first place but it’s time to ask Reid to withdraw his support for Schumer. If you have a Democratic senator you should ask him or her to vote for Durbin and not Schumer.

  17. It’s not the place for American soldiers to die and be mained for Israel. It’s not for the American taxpayer to support Israel at the expense of needs in this country going unmet. It’s time for Israel to grow up and take care of themselves. We Americans provide more per capita in welfare to Israeli citizens than we do to our own.

  18. As far as I’m concerned Schumer and the others should have no input in any thing the Dem’s do from now on. Schumer should NEVER be considered for the Speakers position. NEVER!!!The others should be considered fair weather Dem’s and excluded….Their CONSTITUTENTS should vote them OUT!!!

  19. its called karma and reaping what you sow and the rightwing deserves every single bit. these people are not americans or patriots.

  20. There is a reason some Jews do not like this deal. 1. It does not stop Iran from sponsoring terrorism, and 2. It does not stop Iran from sending rockets to Hamas and other terrorists to fire rockets into Israel. However, the deal was never supposed to do that. This agreement between six nations, their allies, and Iran, does stop Iran from having a nuclear weapon for over a decade, and perhaps ever. That is what it was designed to do. As you just pointed out, Jewish Americans, except two Jewish Senators, supported this deal, including Al Franken and so did many Israelis, because they realize as I did, months ago, that Iran not having a nuclear weapon cannot help but being a good thing for Israel. If we want to negotiate with Iran to not support terrorism, then that can be done in negotiations and deals, separate from this agreement. Iran might be convinced, after sanctions are lifted, that it is in their best interests, to stop sending rockets to Hamas or any other terrorist group. . . …

  21. “A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious, but it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victim, and he wears their face and their garments and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the plague.”
    Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman Orator and Statesman – 106-43 B.C.

  22. Democrats aka. DemonRATS constantly support the dregs of society and are wrong for America. DemonRATS supported the Occupy Wall Street/Occupy Movement anarchists, who hate America.
    The DemonRATS have embraced the black lives matter movement or should they be called black lies, who are anti-police agitators that are supported by George Soros and his ilk. The DemonRATS have no problem with this group shouting “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon!” and “What do we want, Dead Cops. When do we want them, now” while “protesting.”
    The DemonRATS led by Hussein Obama side with the Mullahs and Imams over right thinking American people giving Iran a path to nuclear weapons with this dangerous Iran deal. What part of DEATH TO AMERICA and DEATH TO ISRAEL do they not understand? Iran said they want the bomb to USE the bomb. They want to destroy the Little Satan, Israel and the Great Satan, America.
    Then there is their support of the abortion mill Planned Parenthood, who illega…

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