The Senate – with a stunning vote of 100-0 – passed on an amendment that would impose sanctions on Iran if they were ever found to not be following whatever terms are finally hammered out between Iran and the P5+1 powers. This is a clear warning to President Obama that he is not to be trusted to deal with the evil Iranian regime.
This is the Senate making a clear argument that Iran cannot negotiate in good faith, so we must hold them to a non-nuclear agreement:
The language from Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), co-author of the tough Iran sanctions bill still pending with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), establishes “a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to reimposing waived sanctions and imposing new sanctions against Iran for violations of the Joint Plan of Action or a comprehensive nuclear agreement.” It was co-sponsored by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).
The non-binding amendment, getting senators on the roll call, passed 100-0.
Menendez-Kirk imposes crushing sanctions if Iran does not agree to a deal by June 30. Another bill from Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Menendez, which is coming to committee early next month, requires congressional approval of any deal. Both are vehemently opposed by the White House.
Democrats who oppose those bills and support the administration said the amendment reaffirmed the White House reasoning that sanctions can be turned back on if Iran violates an agreement. Menendez has warned, though, that sanctions can’t be turned on and off like a spigot.
The amendment actually pulled language directly from the Kirk-Menendez bill, the Illinois Republican said. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), though, claimed in an interview with Politico that it was inspired by her White House-approved legislation — which reinstates sanctions if President Obama says Iran violated the agreement. The final amendment says reimposed and new sanctions will come if Obama “cannot make a determination and certify that Iran is complying.”
via PJ Media
This excuse simply won’t work – we have to hold Iran accountable with swift sanctions. pic.twitter.com/b69ZHUmoSP
— Mark Kirk (@MarkKirk) March 27, 2015
Joining the entire U.S. Senate was Leon Panetta, the former Secretary of Defense and head of the CIA under Obama, making it clear that the pariah state was not a country America could count on:
“One thing I’ve learned both at the CIA and as secretary of defense is that the Iranians can’t be trusted,” Panetta told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.
“It’s for that reason that we have to make sure that we’ve taken strong steps to be able to make sure that they are not trying to do something in secret.”
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