Iran Deal Verdict
September 15, 2015
The House and Senate voted last week on a resolution to disapprove the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran. Thanks to 42 senators who supported it, the Iran agreement will not be undermined by the U.S. Congress. Thank you to all PSR members who responded to our action alerts, and PSR members who met with their senators and representatives in person. Your hard work has paid off!
The House of Representatives passed a resolution of disapproval for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran. However, the Senate filibustered this resolution and in the end, the Iran deal prevailed.
PSR members across the states have been pounding the pavement to urge Congress to support this agreement. As a result, over the past two months we've generated:
- 64 calls to swing senators
- 3,002 emails to Congress
- 7 in-person meetings with Congress members or their staff
Maine PSR kept up steady pressure on their senators, including emails, phone calls, an op-ed in Maine’s Portland Press Herald, and a give-and-take between Sen. King and PSR’s Dr. Peter Wilk on live radio. Senator King eventually voted to approve the Iran deal, however Senator Collins voted against it.
In Washington state, Dr. Judy Lipton, Dr. David Barash, Laura Skelton, and Dr. Bruce Amundson lobbied local staff for Senators Murray and Cantwell on Aug. 26 to urge them to vote for the Iran deal. Dr. Amundson also took advantage of an opportunity to speak directly with Senator Murray while she was still undecided, and wrote letters to both senators on behalf of WPSR. Both senators came out in support. In addition, members of WPSR met with members of the House of Representatives, including Representative Suzan DelBene.
Chesapeake PSR board member Art Milholland, MD outside Sen. Cardin's office, August 20
Oregon PSR participated in two public rallies supporting the Iran deal. Kelly Campbell, Maxine Fookson, Dr. Franz Rad, an an Iranian-American engineer, met on Sept 4 with staff for Senator Wyden, who voted in favor of the Iran deal, as did Senator Merkley. Oregon PSR also contributed to an ad buy on the Oregonian’s online Opinion page with a banner that read, “no war on Iran.”
In Maryland, Chesapeake PSR and DC Metro PSR members emailed and called Maryland Senators Cardin and Mikulski and Dr. Art Milholland visited Cardin's Rockville office. Mikulski voted in favor of the Iran deal but Cardin voted against it.
And in Pennsylvania, Adam Corson-Finnerty lobbied staff for Senators Toomey and Casey. Senator Toomey came out against the deal, but Senator Casey declared his support for it.
We, at PSR, would like to thank everyone for all of the work they've done to support this vitally important agreement between the P5+1 and Iran. Thanks to all of your hard work, the Iran deal has weathered the storm of disapproval from Congress, and the international community will now be able to peacefully curb Iran's nuclear program using a strict monitoring regime. Don't be fooled though - opponents in Congress still aren't giving up on sabotaging the deal. Be on the lookout for "anti-deal legislation" that could try to use a back-door attempt to scuttle the nuclear accord.