"Let's Talk" Join my Upcoming Teletownhall
do join my next live, interactive Vekeo event on Wednesday, Sept. 16
at 4:30 p.m. MT.
Last month I traveled across
the state of Utah to hold a series of discussions with Utahns. I
joined roundtables on how we can work together to reduce poverty and
improve our criminal justice system. I visited several companies and their
employees. I am always amazed by the innovation and opportunity
created by Utah�s dynamic free enterprise system. And I was impressed by 250
high school students whose questions and comments renewed my hope in
America�s future. I also held several town hall meetings where we
discussed topics ranging from the president�s deal with Iran, taxpayer
funding for Planned Parenthood, how to fix our broken immigration system,
and how to reduce federal debt and spending. I am looking forward to
continuing this dialogue in my next telephone townhall, on Wednesday
at 4:30 p.m. MT.
A Bad Deal and a Bad Precedent
Senate Democrats blocked the Senate from voting on the ?president's deal?
with Iran, but had we been allowed to vote on the deal, I would have
proudly voted against it.
The agreement struck by the Obama
administration and the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran is a
bad deal for global security, a bad deal for our allies and a bad deal
for the American people. And that's why, without the support of the
American people or the consent of their elected representatives in
Congress, this deal is nothing more than a political agreement between
President Obama and the leaders of Iran.
When Secretary Kerry
testified before the House of Representatives in August, Congressman
Reid Ribble, R-Wis., asked him why the Obama administration did not
consider the Iran deal to be a treaty.
This was Secretary
Kerry's response: "Well Congressman, I spent quite a few years trying to
get a lot of treaties through the United States Senate, and frankly,
it's become physically impossible. That's why. Because you can't pass a
This is indefensible.
Kerry's appeal to expedience shows either an ignorance of � or a disdain
for � both principle and precedent.
The Senate has not lost the
ability to ratify treaties. No, the Senate is perfectly capable of
ratifying treaties, as it did 160 times during the George W. Bush
administration. It's just reluctant to ratify unpopular treaties that undermine
I agree with Alexander Hamilton when he
said, "The history of human conduct does not warrant that exalted
opinion of human virtue which would make it wise in a nation to commit
interests of so delicate and momentous a kind, as those which concern its
intercourse with the rest of the world, to the sole disposal of [the]
President of the United States."
I also believe that now is
the time to make clear � to the White House and to the American people
� that the Senate understands, and plans to defend, its rightful role
in the treaty-making process.