“Some pieces of legislation, like the Iran nuclear deal, are simply so consequential…”

Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – A recent Pew Center poll indicates that only 21% of the public supports the Iran deal. Last week, the House passed legislation asserting that the deal should not go forward. Today Texas Cong. Lamar Smith was joined by 56 House colleagues in sending a letter to Senate leadership asking to dispense with the 60-vote threshold that has thus far prevented Senate disapproval of President Obama’s Iran Deal.

The letter reads:

“As Members of the House of Representatives, we respectfully urge the Senate to modify its rules to a majority vote threshold of 51 senators to approve some legislation. Some pieces of legislation, like the Iran nuclear deal, are simply so consequential that they demand revisions to the Senate’s procedures. …”  

“Our request to eliminate the filibuster for some votes simply underscores that in a democracy the majority should decide. The super-majority now required to advance legislation is 60 votes, which is not serving our country well.”

  • Full text of Smith’s letter can be found here. 

The Pew Research Center poll indicates that only 21% of the public supports the Iran deal.

And last week, the House passed legislation asserting that the deal should not go forward due to President Obama’s failure to comply with the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 which required that all details be submitted to Congress.

Although details of secret side deals have not been submitted to Congress, the Obama administration is treating today as the end of a 60-day Congressional Review deadline.

In addition to Smith, the following Members signed onto the letter:

  1. Ralph Abraham (LA-5)
  2. Robert Aderholt (AL-4)
  3. Mark Amodei (NV-2)
  4. Brian Babin (TX-36)
  5. Mike Bishop (MI-8)
  6. Kevin Brady (TX-8)
  7. Mo Brooks (AL-5)
  8. Michael Burgess (TX-26)
  9. John Carter (TX-31)
  10. Steve Chabot (OH-1)
  11. Doug Collins (GA-9)
  12. Kevin Cramer (ND-At Large)
  13. John Culberson (TX-7)
  14. Jeff Duncan (SC-3)
  15. Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
  16. Bill Flores (TX-17)
  17. Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1)
  18. Trent Franks (AZ-8)
  19. Louie Gohmert (TX-1)
  20. Bob Goodlatte (VA-6)
  21. Paul Gosar (AZ-4)
  22. Morgan Griffith (VA-9)
  23. Andy Harris (MD-1)
  24. Vicki Hartzler (MO-4)
  25. Jeb Hensarling (TX-5)
  26. Sam Johnson (TX-3)
  27. Steve King (IA-4)
  28. Raul Labrador (ID-1)
  29. Doug Lamborn (CO-5)
  30. Leonard Lance (NJ-7)
  31. Frank LoBiondo (NJ-2)
  32. Barry Loudermilk (GA-11)
  33. Cynthia Lummis (WY-At Large)
  34. Kenny Marchant (TX-24)
  35. Tom Marino (PA-10)
  36. Mike McCaul (TX-10)
  37. Luke Messer (IN-6)
  38. Mick Mulvaney (SC-5)
  39. Randy Neugebauer (TX-19)
  40. Steven Palazzo (MS-4)
  41. Steve Pearce (NM-2)
  42. Robert Pittenger (NC-9)
  43. Ted Poe (TX-2)
  44. John Ratcliffe (TX-4)
  45. Tom Reed (NY-23)
  46. Matt Salmon (AZ-5)
  47. Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-5)
  48. Pete Sessions (TX-32)
  49. Bill Shuster (PA-9)
  50. Chris Stewart (UT-2)
  51. Marlin Stutzman (IN-3)
  52. Randy Weber (TX-14)
  53. Daniel Webster (FL-10)
  54. Bruce Westerman (AR-4)
  55. Roger Williams (TX-25)
  56. Joe Wilson (SC-2)

Congressman Smith represents the 21st District of Texas. He serves as chairman of the House Science, Space & Technology Committee, and is a member of the House Homeland Security Committee and the Judiciary Committee, on which he also served as chairman. He is also founder and chairman of the House Border Security Caucus, and has previously been named the most effective lawmaker in Congress.

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