House votes against Iran nuclear deal

[private]The U.S. House of Representatives voted 269-162 Friday morning against approval of the Iran nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama administration.

The House vote was a symbolic action, because a resolution to kill the Iran deal was blocked in the Senate on Thursday – a move that assures a resolution of disapproval will not reach President Obama’s desk.

All of Georgia’s Republican House members voted against approving the deal: Buddy Carter, Doug Collins, Tom Graves, Tom Price, Jody Hice, Barry Loudermilk, Rob Woodall, Lynn Westmoreland, Rick Allen, and Austin Scott.

“Iran is a dangerous nation that cannot be trusted and this deal only weakens the national security of our country and that of our allies – particularly Israel,” Westmoreland said. “The administration put the ball in Iran’s hands, and it will forever be a huge mistake.”

“How can we make a deal with a country that chants, ‘Death to America” in public?’” Collins said. “I voted against the agreement because it does not do a single thing to permanently prevent Iran from creating weapons of mass destruction, which will be aimed directly at Israel and the U.S., and will almost certainly create more instability in the already fragile Middle East.”

Reps. Sanford Bishop and John Lewis were the only Georgia Democrats who voted to approve the agreement that had been negotiated with Iran by the Obama administration. Rep. David Scott voted against the deal and Rep. Hank Johnson did not vote.

“To put it simply, it is nonviolence or nonexistence,” Lewis said. “It is my hope that my vote today, along with the votes of others, will be a down-payment for peace towards a world community at peace with itself.”

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