What’s Brewing in the Senate?

Senator Marco Rubio was scheduled to be in the Twin Cities tomorrow, briefly, and I was set up to interview him. But I got word a few minutes ago that he won’t be leaving Washington because Mitch McConnell has scheduled a major vote on the Iran deal for tomorrow. What, exactly, will the vote be? I am not sure. Intrigue is swirling around the Corker-Cardin bill, the predicate for Congress’s review of the Iran deal.

In a reversal, Democrats have recently said they will filibuster the vote in the Senate to disapprove of the deal, thereby sparing President Obama the need to veto it. Maybe the cloture vote is tomorrow, maybe it’s something else. In response to the Democrats’ filibuster threat, some Republicans have urged that the Senate majority disable the filibuster (a Senate rule that can be changed by majority vote) for purposes of this issue.

I believe that a lot of the turmoil in Washington relates to conservative legislators’ agreeing with Andy McCarthy’s view that that the administration has never satisfied the precondition for Corker-Cardin Congressional review by presenting the entire agreement to the Congress. That being the case, there is no “clock” ticking on Congressional action, and sanctions arguably remain in place.

We will know soon what is going on, obviously. Stay tuned.

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