A threatened filibuster by Democrats to block voting on a resolution to reject the Obama administration-backed Iran nuclear deal is flagrant "executive overreach" and "an affront" to Americans, former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman says.
In a commentary for The Wall Street Journal
, the former Democrat writes the deal — on which Congress is due to vote before Sept. 17 — "deserves a straight up or down vote."
"It is unfair and unwise for the administration to use a procedural tactic to stop a vote on an agreement that, according to recent public opinion polls
, is opposed by about 60 percent of the American people," Lieberman argues.
"Filibustering will further convince U.S. citizens that even important national security questions have now descended into partisan conflicts."
Republican opponents of the Iran nuclear deal have angrily complained about Democratic attempts to avoid a final vote on the anticipated congressional resolution to disapprove the pact.
"The Senate should not hide behind procedural obfuscation to shield the president or our individual views," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has asserted.
Lieberman agrees, writing the only outcome of a filibuster would an "endgame is to avoid a real vote on what is arguably the most important diplomatic agreement since the end of the Cold War."
And, he writes, it would prove "a case of gross executive overreach, contrary to the spirit of the Constitution, and not least, an affront to the American people's desire for more mutual respect in the workings of government."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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