EDITOR’S COMMENT: When is the Republican leadership going to wake up, and actually act responsibly, and do what they were elected to do? In this issue, as significant as it is, the republicans should simply change the ‘rules’ regarding filibuster, in the same way that Harry Reid did, when he was in charge. For some idiotic reason, the Republican leadership has this quaint and outdated notion of ‘respect’ for existing Senates rules, and ranks this notion higher than its interests in protecting the country!
By Stephen Dinan
Democrats will try to mount a filibuster to block the Iran nuclear deal from even having to reach President Obama’s desk for a veto, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid signaled Saturday in a statement.
He and his party colleagues already have enough committed supporters that they would be able to sustain an Obama veto and allow the Iran deal to proceed, but a filibuster would be an even bigger coup, halting the issue earlier in the process and heading off a protracted — and potentially politically costly — veto fight.
A surge of support for Mr. Obama’s stance this week has put Democrats well over the 34 votes needed to guarantee upholding the veto, and they are now within striking distance of the 41 votes that would guarantee a filibuster, too.
The Iran debate is slated to begin Tuesday, as Congress returns from a long summer vacation.
The law gives Congress the chance to disapprove of the deal, but that bill then goes to Mr. Obama, who wields a veto. It takes a two-thirds vote of each chamber to override the veto, and if a bill were to get that far, supporters of the deal would face intense pressure from pro-Israeli lobbying groups.
But a filibuster would nip the process earlier, preventing a chance for the lobbying to kick into high gear and avoiding the need for Democrats to cast more politically fraught votes. (my emphasis)
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