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Iran Deal Verdict | PSR

by Theresa Shaffer

The House and Senate voted last week on a resolution to disapprove the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran. Thanks to 42 senators who supported it, the Iran agreement will not be undermined by the U.S. Congress. Thank you to all PSR members who responded to our action alerts, and PSR members who met with their senators and representatives in person. Your hard work has paid off!

The House of Representatives passed a resolution of disapproval for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran. However, the Senate filibustered this resolution and in the end, the Iran deal prevailed.

PSR members across the states have been pounding the pavement to urge Congress to support this agreement. As a result, over the past two months we’ve generated:

  • 64 calls to swing senators;
  • 3,002 emails to Congress; and
  • 7 in-person meetings with Congress members or their staff.
Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands with US secretary of state John Kerry

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands with US secretary of state John Kerry

Maine PSR kept up steady pressure on their senators, including emails, phone calls, an op-ed in Maine’s Portland Press Herald, and a give-and-take between Sen. King and PSR’s Dr. Peter Wilk on live radio. Senator King eventually voted to approve the Iran deal, however Senator Collins voted against it.

In Washington state, Dr. Judy Lipton, Dr. David Barash, Laura Skelton, and Dr. Bruce Amundson lobbied local staff for Senators Murray and Cantwell on Aug. 26 to urge them to vote for the Iran deal. Dr. Amundson also took advantage of an opportunity to speak directly with Senator Murray while she was still undecided, and wrote letters to both senators on behalf of WPSR. Both senators came out in support. In addition, members of WPSR met with members of the House of Representatives, including Representative Suzan DelBene.

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