The House voted against President Barack Obama’s Iran deal Friday, with every Republican voting and 25 Democrats opposing the deal.
The 269-162 vote is effectively a symbolic rejection of the deal, since Senate Republicans failed to hold a vote on the deal Thursday. The House also passed a bill to stop Obama from lifting sanctions on Iran, with the support of two Democrats.
“[Obama] is preparing to try and force this deal over our objections,” House Speaker John Boehner said on the floor Friday. “Never in our history has something with so many consequences for our national security been rammed through with such little support.”
A recent Quinnipiac poll found 55 percent of U.S. voters oppose the deal, compared to just 25 percent who support the deal. And only 26 percent of U.S. active-duty military and government employees in national security jobs surveyed by Defense One said the deal is good for the U.S.
Forty-two Senate Democrats derailed a planned Senate vote on the deal Thursday, ensuring Obama won’t have to veto a resounding Senate rejection of the deal.
Obama said Friday he is “gratified” by House and Senate Democrats that voted to support the deal. “Now, we must turn to the critical work of implementing and verifying this deal so that Iran cannot pursue a nuclear weapon,” he said in a statement.
Iran’s parliament will also vote on the deal.
Supporters of the deal argue it’s the best and only option to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, but critics say Iran is unlikely to live up to its side of the bargain, and that lifting sanctions will dangerously bolster its government.
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