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Last Week

The House and Senate returned for a fall session with a number of items requiring their attention. Both houses took action to undue the P5+1 (UN Security Council's five permanent members (the P5): China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States; plus Germany) nuclear agreement. The House changed course midway through the week and rather than holding one up or down vote opposing the agreement, they voted three times:
  1. Finding that the President has not complied with Section 2 of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. (PASSED)
  2. To approve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed July 14 at Vienna, relating to the nuclear program of Iran. (FAILED)
  3. To suspend until January 21, 2017, the authority of the President to waive, suspend, reduce, provide relief from, or otherwise limit the application of sanctions pursuant to an agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran. (PASSED).
As is typically the case, the Republican majority in the House is able to work its will, however getting their passed-bills through the Senate is an entirely different matter. The Senate was unable to avoid a potential filibuster by Democrats, as Republicans were not able to achieve the 60 votes needed to advance legislation disapproving the agreement. The vote to disapprove required 60 to advance, but only received 58 and would not have proceeded. more

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