House Vote Blocks Measure Voicing Support for Iranian Protesters

In a party-line vote, the House of Representatives voted to advance two resolutions, blocking a resolution that voiced support for Iranians protesting against recent actions by their government.

The vote to advance the two resolutions, which dealt with protecting older workers against discrimination and student loan forgiveness, took place on Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly before the vote, Republicans announced that a vote against advancing the resolutions would trigger a vote on the resolution voicing support for the Iranian protesters, introduced by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif).

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) said on the House floor: “Soon we will vote on the previous question and if we defeat the previous question, I will offer an amendment to the rule to require the House to immediately proceed to consideration of H.Res. 197, a resolution supporting the protesters in Iran.”

He then had the text of the amendment entered into the record.

McCarthy then stood to ask representatives to support his resolution, saying that it “sends a strong message that the United States stands with the Iranian people.”

The House soon voted 226–191 to advance the previous question.

McCarthy and other Republicans criticized Democrats for voting to advance the resolutions, issuing a statement saying, “Democrats just blocked a vote on a resolution supporting the Iranian protesters.”

What a disappointment—Democrats just blocked a vote on a resolution supporting the Iranian protestors.

This is not the time for partisan politics. This should be a time for the U.S. Congress to speak with one voice to condemn an Iranian regime that kills its own people.

— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) January 14, 2020

But Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.) said before the vote for the other resolutions that it wasnt a vote against the Iran resolution.

“If I could take a moment to respond to the comments by my friend from California. We know the government of Iran admitted mistakenly shooting [down] the Ukrainian airlines flight. It wRead More – Source