U.S. Senate Never Approved Obama's Iran Nuclear Deal
A September 18, 2020 letter, published in the New Journal, falsely claimed "In 2015, the U.S. Senate approved the Iran nuclear deal, 98-1." The Constitution requires a two-thirds majority Senate vote to approve treaties, but President Obama did not even submit the deal because he knew it would not be approved. The 98-1 vote was on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 to force the president to get congressional approval. This passed the House 400-25.
After passage of the Review Act, only 42 Senators expressed approval of the Iran nuclear deal - all were Democrats. Fifty-eight Senators disapproved - all Republicans plus four Democrats including Sen. Chuck Schumer. However, the 42 Senators filibustered and blocked a resolution of disapproval. The House voted 269-162 against the Iran deal with 25 Democrats joining Republicans.
Despite strong bipartisan Congressional disapproval, President Obama unilaterally approved this terrible deal which lifted sanctions without stopping Iran's nuclear, missile, or terrorist activities, unfroze $50+billion in assets and - incredibly - gave Iran $1.7 billion in cash.
President Trump rightly withdrew and restored sanctions stating,
"The United States will not allow the Iranian regime to further advance capabilities to directly threaten and terrorize the rest of the world. My Administration will use every tool at our disposal to stop Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and conventional weapons pursuits. The Iranian regime must change its behavior if it hopes to provide what the Iranian people so desperately want and deserve: a thriving and prosperous Iran."