The U.S. Senate Where They Stand on the Iran Deal? (Those Who Favor Diplomacy and Peace, Those That Seek Confrontation and Likely War, and Those that Stand Still Aside after Weeks of Knowledge of the Text and Arguments.)

by
Harry C. Blaney

The moment of decision by the Congress is fast approaching and we have decided to make it easy for our readers how their Senators (and in time some of their Representatives) stand on the vital issue of supporting the Iran agreement. There are those who are against it, and those that seem still unable to take a stand despite having had weeks of classified and unclassified briefing, reading the texts (we hope), and reading the argument favored by many knowledgeable experts, former generals, former White House national security advisers, and a host of the best scientists in America. This along with over 100 former Ambassadors, experts on non-proliferation, the Middle East, and strategic nuclear issues, who have argued for support based on substantiate security grounds.

Some in Congress undoubtedly have been “briefed” by the opponents of the agreement. Many of these are the same people who lead our nation into the mistake of the Iraq war with all its cost in blood of our troops and wasted resources. None, and I mean none, have been able to propose a truly realistic alternative to the breakup of this agreement that would not lead to Iran more easily building an atomic bomb in short order and being released of the many constraints and oversight that this agreement contains.

So we commend to our readers how our political decision making, and lack thereof, may lead either to a diplomatic and comprehensive deal that has real teeth, or the path which can only bring great conflict and danger, not just to America and Europe, but also to Israel as has been noted in the statements of Israeli security service chiefs. 

The question we need to ask is why those who oppose, and those on the fence, have chosen to disapprove or have not taken a stand on the Iran Nuclear Deal despite the overwhelming evidence that this agreement will restrain any possible military nuclear program compared with an alternative that allows nearly all restraints to disappear? 

In the coming days we will post some new key quotes on the Iran issue by Congresspersons in favor, against, and on the fence. We will continue to highlight the debate over the next few weeks and its results. Go to our recent RNS post on quotes on this issue of experts, documents giving the arguments of expert groups, and quotes on this issue by our presidential candidates.

Senators Committed Yes on Iran Nuclear Deal

  1. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)
  2. Michael Bennet (D-Co.)
  3. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn)
  4. Cory Booker (D-NJ)
  5. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
  6. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
  7. Tom Carper (D-Dl)
  8. Bob Casey (D-Pa.)
  9. Chris Coons (D-Del.)
  10. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)
  11. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
  12. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
  13. Al Franken (D-Minn.)
  14. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
  15. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
  16. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.)
  17. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)
  18. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)
  19. Angus King (I-Maine)
  20. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
  21. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
  22. Edward Markey (D-Mass.)
  23. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
  24. Jeff Merkely (D-Ore)
  25. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.)
  26. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)
  27. Patty Murray (D-Wash.)
  28. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)
  29. Gary Peters (D-Mich.)
  30. Jack Reed (D-R.I.)
  31. Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
  32. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
  33. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii)
  34. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)
  35. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)
  36. Jon Tester (D-Mont.)
  37. Tom Udall (D-N.M.)
  38. Mark Warner (D-Va.)
  39. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
  40. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
  41. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)

Senators Committed No on Iran Nuclear Deal

  1. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
  2. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)
  3. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)
  4. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.)
  5. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
  6. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.)
  7. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
  8. John Hoeven (R-N.D.)
  9. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)
  10. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)
  11. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.)
  12. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
  13. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
  14. David Perdue (R-Ga.)
  15. Jim Risch (R-Idaho)
  16. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
  17. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.)
  18. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
  19. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska)
  20. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)
  21. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)
  22. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.)
  23. David Vitter (R-La.)

Senators Not Decided on Iran Nuclear Deal

  1. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)
  2. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.)
  3. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
  4. John Boozman (R-Ark.)
  5. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
  6. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.)
  7. Ben Cardin (D-Md.)
  8. Bill Cassidy (R-La.)
  9. Dan Coats (R-Ind.)
  10. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.)
  11. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
  12. John Cornyn (R-Tex.)
  13. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
  14. Steve Daines (R-Mont.)
  15. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.)
  16. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)
  17. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.)
  18. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
  19. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
  20. Dean Heller (R-Nev.)
  21. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.)
  22. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)
  23. James Lankford (R-Okla.)
  24. Mike Lee (R-Utah)
  25. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.)
  26. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
  27. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
  28. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)
  29. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.)
  30. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
  31. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)
  32. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.)
  33. Tim Scott (R-S.C.)
  34. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)
  35. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)
  36. John Thune (R-S.D.)
  37. Mark Warner (D-Va.)

We welcome from you new quotes on these issue by candidates…send them on with citations!

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