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Last Hope to Stop Iran: #HouseConservatives

By: Daniel Horowitz | May 7th, 2015

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With passage of the Corker-Cardin Democrat protection bill, it has become abundantly clear that Senate Republicans are utterly useless. 

Due to the outrageously false perception of this bill, only 6 Republicans opposed shutting off debate (Sens. Cruz, Cotton, Grassley, Lee, Moran, and Sullivan) and only Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) voted against it in the final passage.  

Now it’s time for House conservatives to stand up and be counted.

I’ve watched countless legislative fights over the years and have seldom seen such an outrageous level of dishonesty in selling a bill as something completely antithetical than its plain text political intent. 

From beginning to end, the dishonest bipartisan oligarchy sold this bill as a way of securing congressional approval of any Iran deal.  Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Obama’s point man in the Senate on the Iran appeasement, made the following deceitful statement prior to voting on the bill:    

It was in the 1990's that Congress started to impose sanctions against Iran for its Nuclear weapons program. Only congress can remove those Sanctions or permanently change it. (Congressional Record)

This is a uniquely scandalous lie even for a member of Congress.

This is a uniquely scandalous lie even for a member of Congress.  He has officially gone on record as vouching for our position – that Congress must approve any deal made by the president – but refuses to admit that his bill does just the opposite.  Instead of the default position being no sanctions relief unless a majority of Congress affirmatively approve of the deal, this bill allows the president to remove sanctions after 30 days unless two-thirds of both houses override the president.  Ben Cardin has no intention of ever doing that. This is a new low, even for a career politician.

And it gets even worse.  Congressional Quarterly reports that House Democrats are signaling they will never give Republicans the requisite two-thirds majority to override a veto under any circumstance.  Rep. Jan Schakowski (D-IL) circulated a letter signed by 150 House Democrats cheering on Obama’s appeasement of Iran and urging him to stay the course.  

House conservatives have the opportunity to make it clear to leadership that they will only support a bill that actually matches the rhetoric of its supporters.

Consequently, passage of the Corker-Cardin bill in the House would consummate Obama’s deal with no way of revoking it.  And this is much worse than passing nothing because Obama can rightfully point to this illusory bill as a bipartisan and legitimate stamp of approval from Congress.   

House conservatives have the opportunity to make it clear to leadership that they will only support a bill that actually matches the rhetoric of its supporters.  The only way to harmonize Cardin’s talking point with the text of the bill is for the House to amend the legislation with the Cruz amendment, which would require Congress to affirmatively approve of the deal. 

Some members of Congress and their staffs who bought into this puerile lie might have difficulty with arithmetic.  But that American people will not be fooled by this ruse.  


Daniel Horowitz is the Senior Editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.

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