WASHINGTON — After Senate Democrats voted to uphold a nuclear deal with Iran on Thursday, both of Georgia’s Republican Senators blasted their colleagues on the other side of the aisle for not allowing an up-or-down vote on a disapproval resolution for the agreement.
The disapproval resolution fell two votes short of the 60 needed to move forward as Democratic and independent senators banded together against it. Although House Republicans continued to pursue eleventh-hour strategies to derail the international accord, the outcome in the Senate guaranteed that the disapproval legislation would not reach Obama’s desk.
“I am appalled that Senate Democrats are choosing to keep the people of the United States in the dark on where they stand on Iran by blocking an up-or-down vote on the president’s dangerous agreement with Iran,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia.
Isakson said he rejects the nuclear agreement with Iran and will vote against it if given the chance.
“The United States has negotiated away all of its leverage to enforce accountability by Iran by releasing existing sanctions and removing the ability to impose sanction in the future,” Isakson said in a statement. “This is not the end of this debate. This is a bad deal for America; it’s a bad deal for Israel and the world. It’s a bad deal for my children and grandchildren. I reject the agreement on its face and will continue to fight against it.”
Sen. David Perdue, R-Georgia, said he was “outraged” by Senate Democrats’ actions to block a vote on the disapproval resolution.
“There is a bipartisan majority in this body against the deal, yet only Democrats are blocking an up-or-down vote. … If Iran’s Supreme Leader is demanding Iran’s parliament should have a vote, at the very least, the American people deserve the same. I will continue to fight to dismantle this deal and stop a nuclear Iran,” Perdue said in a statement.