Saturday, September 12, 2015
House Republicans Attempt Kabuki and Trip Over Mask
Being upset that Democrats managed to filibuster the resolution disapproving the Iranian Nuclear deal, House Republicans decided to take three symbolic votes. First they voted on whether to approve the deal (which does not need congressional approval). For some reason this difference was important to them. On that vote 25 Democrats voted yes along with all but one Republican (one voted present). This means that there would not be enough votes against the agreement to overturn a veto of a resolution disapproving the veto (which will not pass the Senate because of the filibuster or the House because of the weird theatrics). Then they insisted on voting on a resolution suspending the President's authority to relax sanctions until January 21 2017 (that is exactly so long as Obama is the President). It is not clear to me why Conservative House Republicans demanded a vote on this resolution. It will not be proposed in the Senate and would obviously be vetoed if it passed the Senate.