At 1 PM Eastern on Wednesday, 9 September, Tea Party Patriots are sponsoring what is likely to be the biggest rally held against the so-called Iran “deal” before the critical point in December 2015, when Obama could begin waiving U.S. enforcement of the sanctions on Iran.
The rally will be on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building.
Knowing that not everyone in LU Nation can get to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday at 1 PM, we’re providing a link to the main website for the rally, and an embedded live stream (scroll to just above the poster at the bottom), which can also be accessed here. Note: the live stream video is muted by default. You’ll have to turn the sound on.
Speakers at the rally will include Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Jim Gilmore, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, Frank Gaffney, Brigitte Gabriel, and Niger Innis. There are over two dozen more well-known names, including at least 10 members of Congress.
The rally comes as Congress, returning from the August break, gears up for its consideration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
As of right now, the House of Representatives is scheduled on Thursday (10 September) to take up a resolution disapproving of the JCPOA. The Senate would then have until 17 September to hold its vote – or show itself unable to vote, because of a filibuster.
Obama has the votes in the Senate to uphold a veto of a disapproval resolution; he needed 34 for that, and got them at the end of last week. This week, he reportedly has the 41 votes he needs to have a disapproval resolution filibustered in the Senate, so that it doesn’t even come to a vote. (As of Tuesday evening, it appears he has 42 votes.)
That said, there are a couple of separate, last-minute efforts underway in the House to try to derail the deliberation process set up by the Corker-Cardin legislation, which gives Congress a vote on the JCPOA.
Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is trying to push through a resolution to have the JCPOA declared a treaty, basically by amending the Corker-Cardin legislation with new language. He’s pushing for a vote on Wednesday, but it’s doubtful that this approach would go anywhere in the Senate – which would also have to amend the legislation in order for Congress to put a new stumbling block in Obama’s way.
Peter Roskam (R-IL), meanwhile, is trying to impose a delay on the vote under the provisions of the Corker-Cardin bill, which specifies that Congress’s 60-day clock for considering the JCPOA doesn’t start until all elements of the agreement have been provided to Congress. Roskam is using Andrew McCarthy’s argument that the terms of the bill haven’t been met, since there are at least two “side agreements” between Iran and the IAEA that haven’t been made available to Congress – or even, officially, to the Obama administration, for that matter.
Both efforts would require mirror legislation in the Senate, and frankly would probably not survive an Obama veto. But they do represent opportunities to delay the process.
What hope there is of at least forcing political black eyes on Obama and the JCPOA’s supporters may lie in galvanizing the people against the “deal.” A number of Obama’s Democratic supporters have expressed reservations about the JCPOA. They should know going into this process how concerned their constituents are.
Tea Party Patriots has put together a toolkit with an outline for citizen activism over the coming weeks. Good resources for keeping up on issues surrounding the JCPOA, and news about the effort to defeat it, include the TPP website, Iran Truth, The Israel Project, and of course Liberty Unyielding.