Harry Reid stalling on bringing Iranian sanctions bill to a vote

posted at 12:01 pm on January 13, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

As Jazz reported on Sunday, the White House is mighty pleased with the latest development of world powers’ six-month interim deal with Iran, which now has an official start date of January 20th whereby the Iranians will ostensibly begin eliminating some of their stockpile of enriched uranium and the requisite infrastructure — but the possibility that Iran might carry out their threat of walking away from the Geneva process has the Obama administration doubling down hard on their lobbying and warnings against the cautionary sanctions bill gaining traction in the Senate. Via Reuters:

“Now is the time to give diplomacy a chance to succeed,” Obama said in a written statement after the European Union said that Iran and six major powers had reached an accord to implement a November 24 nuclear agreement with Iran. …

Obama also urged the U.S. Congress not to impose additional sanctions on Iran, saying that doing so risked undermining the November 24 agreement, known as the Joint Plan of Action (JPA), which aims to give the two sides six months to reach a comprehensive deal to address all questions about whether Iran seeks nuclear arms. …

“Imposing additional sanctions now will only risk derailing our efforts to resolve this issue peacefully, and I will veto any legislation enacting new sanctions during the negotiation,” Obama said in the statement, echoing a previous veto threat.

The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act had an official co-sponsor count of 59 senators (including 16 Democrats) as of Friday, plus reports that the real support tally could be somewhere closer to a very veto-proof 77 yeas. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been pretty deliberately vague about whether or not he will eventually allow for a vote on the matter, but the Weekly Standard and the WSJ suggest that he’ll continue playing defense for the White House despite the growing digression from his own Democratic colleagues:

“I am worried the administration’s policies will either lead to Iranian nuclear weapons or Israeli airstrikes,” said Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.), a leading supporter of the bill. “It’s time for the United States Senate to pass common-sense bipartisan legislation, now co-sponsored by 59 senators, to ensure this process leads to the peaceful dismantlement of Iran’s nuclear program.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), a close White House ally, has no plans to soon bring the bill to the floor for a vote, people familiar with the process said. But, given the legislation’s strong bipartisan support, it was unclear how long Mr. Reid can buck pressure to hold a vote, making the Obama administration’s lobbying of individual senators even more critical. The lawmakers said they have a veto-proof number of 67 supporters in the Senate. …

The next stage—talks aimed at making the final agreement—are expected to begin in two to three weeks, said U.S. and Iranian officials. A senior U.S. official said the Americans judge chances of a final deal to be about “50-50.”


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Dingy Harry, demonstrating yet again why he is the most partisan, conniving, and fundamentally dishonest Senate Majority Leader since LBJ….

If we look up ‘gridlock’ in the dictionary, under the political definition, there’s a picture of this corrupt pederast.

Athos on January 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Harry Reid stalling on bringing Iranian sanctions bill to a vote

Good! When the agreement with Iran falls apart Reid will have to explain why he’s standing in the way of the national interest.

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

AZ Republicans are censuring John McCain. Can somebody censure Dingy Harry?

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2014 at 12:15 PM

and yet it’ll be the gop’s fault….

unstinkingbelievable….

cmsinaz on January 13, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Reid has previously admitted to not wanting to damage Obama’s legacy, so any and all bills/resolutions must be framed that way.

nobar on January 13, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

he’s got his canned answer—-blame the gop….

lsm would rather talk about christie than what is going on with this bill…haven’t heard nary a peep about it today…
its either christie or gates they are talking about with a little sochi in the mix…

cmsinaz on January 13, 2014 at 12:17 PM

national interest.

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Those two words are not are not in Harry’s vocabulary.

antipc on January 13, 2014 at 12:20 PM

are not are not

%&#@$& @#&%$

AZ Republicans are censuring John McCain.

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Maybe that will free him up to spend some time in Iraq where backstabbing is a way of life.

antipc on January 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Harry Reid has never proven he wasn’t a child molesting traitor. He should be treated as one.

Flange on January 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM

If we look up ‘gridlock’ in the dictionary, under the political definition, there’s a picture of this corrupt pederast.

Athos on January 13, 2014 at 12:08 P

I did just that, but there was no picture, just a “see:Harry Reid” line.

So when I looked him up the only thing there was a picture of the Universal Studios Mummy monster.

Weird right?

Gatsu on January 13, 2014 at 12:33 PM

SOP for this scumsucking pig.

NavyMustang on January 13, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Maybe that will free him up to spend some time in Iraq where backstabbing is a way of life.

antipc on January 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM

I think McCain is just holding out until enough Californians move into the state that it becomes a liberal bastion.

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2014 at 12:38 PM

making the Obama administration’s lobbying of individual senators even more critical.

…lobbying?…threatening… maybe…

KOOLAID2 on January 13, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Dingy Harry: On the wrong side of an issue. Every. Single. Time.

MisterElephant on January 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM

lsm would rather talk about christie than what is going on with this bill…haven’t heard nary a peep about it today…
its either christie or gates they are talking about with a little sochi in the mix…

cmsinaz on January 13, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Yeah, the media clearly got the order “Release the Squirrels!” from somebody.

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Dingy Harry: On the wrong side of an issue. Every. Single. Time.

MisterElephant on January 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM

In his obituary, that will read as “consistent statesmanship.”

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2014 at 12:41 PM

It matters little what America does short of sponsoring a takeover of the Iranian nation. Iran wants the bomb and will agree to anything with no plan to follow through on the agreement.

Deano1952 on January 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Maybe it’s time for a bipartisan effort to throw Dirty Harry under the bus.

GarandFan on January 13, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Fortunately, if this idiotic Congress somehow manages to override a presidential veto to impose additional sanctions, the rest of the world might refuse to go along with them as the US government would have shown itself to be a bad actor that has not negotiated in good faith (here is some great analysis by Scott McConnell). It looks like despite the neocons, Iran will be opened to the world.

antifederalist on January 13, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Super-majority vote.

Reid is a thug.

Schadenfreude on January 13, 2014 at 12:48 PM

On Jan. 20th the travesty goes into effect.

Iran thanks their bro, obama.

Schadenfreude on January 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Fortunately, if this idiotic Congress somehow manages to override a presidential veto to impose additional sanctions, the rest of the world might refuse to go along with them as the US government would have shown itself to be a bad actor that has not negotiated in good faith (here is some great analysis by Scott McConnell). It looks like despite the neocons, Iran will be opened to the world.

antifederalist on January 13, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Nice piece, only 13 mentions of the Israeli lobby. Most go for half of total word count. Also, that’s some strong faith, in that you think that the world cares about Iranian money (QE infinity nulls that out). Also, from your chosen “great analysis” :

The rise of Sunni jihadists in Syria and their reemergence in Iraq underscores what to some has long been obvious: objectively the United States has more grounds for cooperation with Iran (and Turkey) than with a backward looking Wahabi sheikdom.

Absurdity cubed. We played that game before, when the Shah of Iran was replaced by Shias. The winning strat in the ME isn’t to ally with either side.

nobar on January 13, 2014 at 1:01 PM

One man, this anarchist hostage-taking nihilist, is thwarting the will of the American People? All by himself Harry Reid is preventing a bipartisan majority of duly elected representatives from taking a democratic vote.

It’s un-American.

forest on January 13, 2014 at 1:02 PM

nobar on January 13, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Are you insisting that lobbies for the state of Israel don’t exist on Capitol Hill? Are you insisting that those lobbies aren’t apply pressure to congress to pass a sanctions bill? By the way, the sole purpose of this sanction bill is to scuttle and undermine any negotiations. To neocons, war must occur. They have spent the last two decades fear mongering over Iran. If any kind of peace were to occur, They would look like a$$es. It’s the same reason why those who peddled Global Warming fear mongering can and never will admit that it is not occurring. After so many years and so many claims they will not allow themselves to admit that they were wrong.

antifederalist on January 13, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Are you insisting that lobbies for the state of Israel don’t exist on Capitol Hill? Are you insisting that those lobbies aren’t apply pressure to congress to pass a sanctions bill?

Oh I’m certain that there are. However, the piece you chose to link to doesn’t discuss the merits of the sanctions until 60% through the article.

By the way, the sole purpose of this sanction bill is to scuttle and undermine any negotiations.

NYT times has words for you

The bill would seek to drive Iran’s oil exports down to zero and penalize its engineering, mining and construction industries. But the sanctions would not take effect before the six-month term of the interim deal expires, and they could be deferred for up to another six months, at Mr. Obama’s request, if the talks looked promising.

To neocons, war must occur.

I’ve told you about the nature of peace before.

They have spent the last two decades fear mongering over Iran.

I thought Iran came to power in the 1979.

If any kind of peace were to occur, They would look like a$$es.

Maybe, but then again, maybe Chamberlin was only a few weeks away from his goal.

It’s the same reason why those who peddled Global Warming fear mongering can and never will admit that it is not occurring. After so many years and so many claims they will not allow themselves to admit that they were wrong.

antifederalist on January 13, 2014 at 1:12 PM

AGW is a religion, neoconism (as it is populary defined) isn’t, unless you want to claim otherwise.

nobar on January 13, 2014 at 1:23 PM

When we get the senate I hope the donks are treated exactly as the accused pederast, Reid, has done. the media will be up in arms and great concern will reemerge for the minority.

jukin3 on January 13, 2014 at 1:41 PM

To neocons, war must occur. They have spent the last two decades fear mongering over Iran. If any kind of peace were to occur, They would look like a$$es. It’s the same reason why those who peddled Global Warming fear mongering can and never will admit that it is not occurring. After so many years and so many claims they will not allow themselves to admit that they were wrong.

antifederalist on January 13, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Such vapidity…

Is your anti-Israel bias so strong as to totally blind you to the actions of the Mad Mullah’s of Iran over the past 36 years? Or are you so clueless as to believe that the entire world, rather than acting on their own agenda’s and desires, do little but to react to what this nation says and does?

Peace doesn’t result unless both parties are interested in peace. Iran isn’t interested in peace. They are simply interested in pursuing their aggressive agenda and sought to take advantage of a naive and feckless Administration in order to gain relief from economic sanctions that had seriously crippled their economy despite the assistance they received from two other enemies of the US / the West… Russia and the PRC.

The Administration is making the same feckless mistake as Britain and France did in the late 1930′s when faced with an aggressive authoritarian expansionist government – embarking on appeasement to obtain ‘peace’ without realizing that appeasement never deters aggression. But for the vapid, it makes for a nice political “win”…

As for your sputterings re ‘Global Warming’, a source / justification ginned up for a preconceived solution (wealth redistribution on a global basis) – the levels of scientific dishonesty embarked upon to cook the numbers combined with the spins from ‘global cooling’ (1970′s) to ‘global warming’ (2000′s) all with the same ‘solution’ show this is not science, just a political agenda.

We can’t, with any serious accuracy predict weather beyond 10 days, yet despite all we still do not know about climate cycles and trends, these ‘learned’ leftists can predict the effects 100-200 years into the future. You’d be far more intellectually honest if you would just admit that we don’t know enough yet to understand climatic cycles with any real accuracy.

Athos on January 13, 2014 at 1:47 PM

NYT times has words for you

Ever ask yourself why they are in a rush to pass this bill now? It is to undermine the negotiations. Promises of economically crippling the Iranian economy is like showing up at a negotiating table with a gun pointed at you. This is somewhat akin to the God Father scene when Michael explained to Kay that Luca Brazi held a gun to the bandleader’s head and was told that either his signature or blood would be on that contract. That’s not much of a negotiation.

I’ve told you about the nature of peace before.

Notice, I said war must occur (bombings, cruise missile/air strikes) and economic sanctions. Neocons have encouraged war against Iran.

I thought Iran came to power in the 1979.

I was only taking into account the fear mongering over their non existent nuclear weapons. For 20 years people have said that Iran is only a couple of years away from a nuke and yet Iran has yet to produce a nuclear weapon. Why is that? Isn’t it time to start calling the neocons out as the liars that they are?

AGW is a religion, neoconism (as it is populary defined) isn’t, unless you want to claim otherwise.
nobar on January 13, 2014 at 1:23 PM

AGW and neoconism are both political agendas.

antifederalist on January 13, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Harry Reid has never proven he wasn’t a child molesting traitor. He should be treated as one.

Flange on January 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM

He proved himself to be a traitor when he announced the Iraq war was lost at the beginning of the surge. He did that to gain partisan political points at the cost of American lives. In a better day he would have been swinging from a lamp post.
In terms of him being a child molester, I have no evidence, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

V7_Sport on January 13, 2014 at 3:56 PM

This is like Obamacare in reverse.

There was over-whelming opposition to Obamacare, the majority of Americans dod not want it, but Harry reid and the Libs rammed it down our throats in the wee hurs of the morning anyway.

Now there is over-whelming support for putting sanctions back on Iran, which was proven to hurt Iran, the leading exporter of terrorism & the last nation anyone (except Obama) would want to have a nuke. Just like openly ordering our military to help the perpetrators of 9/11/01 take over their own nation…just like openly helping a terrorist group take over one of our allied nations (Egypt)…Obama openly made the decision to HELP Iran develop a nuke. Not only did he eliminate the sanctions on Iran and free up billions of dollars to them, he also released and returned their top nuclear scientist responsible for their program’s success…the man who will ensure the success of their mission to acquire nuclear weapons.

He is not even trying to hide his treasonous, world-endangering actions…and every politician who swore an oath to protect the Constituion and this nation sits slack-jawed while he goes about his agenda. Harry Reid, however, is like the Head Winged Monkey in charge of the Wicked Witch of The West’s Flying Monkey army. He is doing Obama’s bidding.

easyt65 on January 13, 2014 at 4:22 PM