Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
September 3, 2015

McCain: Reid Might Use Vitter Dispute to Keep Iran Sanctions Off Floor

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. John McCain suggested Thursday that the Senate’s majority leader may have an ulterior motive in the standoff with Sen. David Vitter that’s slowed the chamber to a crawl.

The Arizona Republican suggested that the dispute between Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Vitter, R-La., over an amendment requiring disclosure about congressional staffers entering the new health care exchanges under Obamacare could be a gambit to help forestall the arrival of a floor debate on increased Iran sanctions.

“I think [Reid] is using it as a rationale because it’s clear that they don’t want a resolution concerning Iran and negotiations with Iran,” McCain said.

Those advocating for new sanctions against the Iranian regime over its nuclear development have said the fiscal 2014 defense bill is the logical place for the debate, since it’s the next moving vehicle on the Senate floor, and it usually has a relatively open amendment process.

President Barack Obama was clear Thursday in saying that the administration does not favor an additional sanctions push in the midst of diplomatic talks with Iran over the nuclear program.

“What I’ve said to members of Congress is that if, in fact, we’re serious about trying to resolve this diplomatically … if we’re serious about pursuing diplomacy, then there’s no need for us to add new sanctions on top of the sanctions that are already very effective and that brought them to the table in the first place,” Obama told reporters at the White House. “Now, if it turns out they can’t deliver, they can’t come to the table in a serious way and get this issue resolved, the sanctions can be ramped back up. And we’ve got that option.”

Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin of Michigan wants to avoid seeing the defense bill become a legislative Christmas tree this year, but whether the legislation can get through the Senate before the literal Capitol Christmas tree arrives on Nov. 25 is an open question. Levin echoed the views of other Democrats who weren’t sure how long the Obamacare-related standoff would continue.

“Well, I don’t know what Vitter’s going to do,” in terms of yielding back debate time, Levin said.

“There will be all kinds of amendments, I’m sure which could be cleared, hopefully. That was the way we used to do things around here,” Levin said. “Then at the end a manager’s package, I would hope that that would be the case.”

Vitter has made repeated unanimous consent requests to set up votes on an amendment that would set a new public reporting requirement for congressional offices about which staff members have been designated as “official” employees. The “official” staff will lose access to the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan, instead obtaining insurance through the Obamacare exchange system.

“This is a charade and, at a minimum, I think the public should know how each office and each member is handling that situation,” Vitter said Thursday when trying to set up a vote on his proposal and a Democratic alternative on a number of legislative vehicles, including the defense bill.

Reid criticized Vitter on the Senate floor Thursday morning, highlighting the fact that the Louisianan was the only senator with an objection to a compounding pharmacy safety bill.

“One senator has delayed action for more than a month on a bill to ensure the safety of custom medications mixed by pharmacies for patients with unique health needs,” Reid said.

Asked about the prospect that Democratic senators could face GOP-favored amendments related to the implementation of the health care law as part of the defense authorization debate, Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin directed reporters back to the Vitter matter.

“Listen, Vitter wants an amendment on everything,” the Illinois Democrat said.

Comments (36)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

author email

  1. Gahe

    Nov. 15, 2013
    5:10 a.m.

    Things like that are entirely possible, and we recognize that reality as well as the regulations make it.

  2. Stephen Barlow

    Nov. 15, 2013
    12:06 p.m.

    I think the sanctions should be magnified so the Iranians will ‘SEE IT COMING’. Sanctions should be a strong and complete as possible, BUT they should be delayed 6 months to give the Iranians a chance to avoid a total economic shutdown by the outside world, simply by limiting down their nuclear program to power only fuel and allowing 100% inspection access “AT WILL” by the UN.

    This should have been done by Bush INSTEAD of invading an Innocent Terror supporting nation, but since Saudia Arabia was just as guilty in the 9/11 attacks, we would have had to sanction them as well.

  3. Benjamin Dover

    Nov. 17, 2013
    11:04 a.m.

    In related YouTube video, we find a typical example of the Al Nusra Front “allies” that Hussein Obama has chosen to support in Syria:

  4. Defend The Constitution

    Nov. 18, 2013
    5:21 p.m.

    If certain attributes somehow entitle a person to a position or wage, then liberty does not exist because someone else has been empowered to position them via subjective judgment.

  5. Andre Leonard

    Nov. 27, 2013
    9:26 a.m.

    McCain, looking and sounding every-bit the 73 year-old career politician, devoid of any new ideas needs to give it up. Ain’t nobody listening to this wacko-bird..

  6. Anonymous

    June 27, 2015
    5:53 a.m.

    Hey there! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having problems finding one? Thanks a lot!

  7. Anonymous

    July 2, 2015
    12:07 p.m.

    Perfect work you have done, this website is really cool with fantastic information.

  8. Anonymous

    July 4, 2015
    5:27 a.m.

    Wonderful beat ! I wish to apprentice even as you amend your site, how can i subscribe for a weblog web site? The account aided me a applicable deal. I had been tiny bit familiar of this your broadcast offered vibrant clear idea

  9. Anonymous

    July 7, 2015
    8:28 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing superb informations. Your site is very cool. I am impressed by the details that you have on this website. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for extra articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found just the info I already searched all over the place and just couldn’t come across. What an ideal site.

  10. Anonymous

    July 9, 2015
    6:04 a.m.

    Wonderful blog you have here but I was wanting to know if you knew of any community forums that cover the same topics discussed here? I’d really love to be a part of group where I can get feedback from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Cheers!

  11. Anonymous

    July 21, 2015
    7:24 a.m.

    Do you mind if I quote a few of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your website? My blog site is in the very same area of interest as yours and my users would really benefit from some of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this ok with you. Thanks a lot!

  12. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    9:35 p.m.

    so much wonderful information on here, : D.

  13. Anonymous

    July 28, 2015
    6:44 a.m.

    Thanks for any other great article. Where else may anyone get that type of information in such an ideal manner of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I am at the look for such information.

  14. Anonymous

    July 28, 2015
    9:41 a.m.

    Hey very nice web site!! Man .. Beautiful .. Amazing .. I’ll bookmark your site and take the feeds additionally…I am happy to search out so many useful information right here within the post, we need develop extra techniques on this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

  15. Anonymous

    July 30, 2015
    4:45 p.m.

    I am no longer positive where you are getting your information, however great topic. I must spend a while learning more or working out more. Thank you for wonderful info I was looking for this information for my mission.

  16. Anonymous

    July 31, 2015
    7:49 a.m.

    Hello! This post could not be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this post to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Anonymous

    July 31, 2015
    2:41 p.m.

    Hi, i think that i saw you visited my blog so i got here to “return the choose”.I am trying to in finding issues to enhance my site!I guess its adequate to make use of a few of your concepts!!

  18. Anonymous

    Aug. 2, 2015
    9:52 a.m.

    I’m not sure exactly why but this weblog is loading extremely slow for me. Is anyone else having this issue or is it a issue on my end? I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.

  19. Anonymous

    Aug. 2, 2015
    1:48 p.m.

    Thank you, I have just been looking for information about this topic for ages and yours is the best I’ve discovered so far. But, what about the conclusion? Are you sure about the source?

  20. Anonymous

    Aug. 2, 2015
    3:56 p.m.

    We are a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your site offered us with valuable info to work on. You have done an impressive job and our entire community will be thankful to you.

  21. Anonymous

    Aug. 6, 2015
    5:26 a.m.

    Valuable info. Lucky me I found your web site by accident, and I’m shocked why this accident did not happened earlier! I bookmarked it.

  22. Anonymous

    Aug. 6, 2015
    10:20 a.m.

    Great ?V I should definitely pronounce, impressed with your web site. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs as well as related information ended up being truly easy to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it in the least. Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or anything, website theme . a tones way for your client to communicate. Nice task..

  23. Anonymous

    Aug. 7, 2015
    2:55 a.m.

    I¦ve been exploring for a little for any high quality articles or weblog posts in this kind of house . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this website. Studying this info So i am glad to express that I’ve a very excellent uncanny feeling I discovered exactly what I needed. I so much without a doubt will make sure to don¦t forget this web site and provides it a look regularly.

  24. Anonymous

    Aug. 7, 2015
    4:16 a.m.

    I truly appreciate this post. I have been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thank you again!

  25. Anonymous

    Aug. 7, 2015
    4:42 a.m.

    I’d have to examine with you here. Which is not one thing I usually do! I take pleasure in reading a post that may make folks think. Additionally, thanks for permitting me to comment!

  26. Anonymous

    Aug. 17, 2015
    7:21 p.m.

    I conceive this web site has some real excellent info for everyone :D. “A friend might well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.” by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

  27. Anonymous

    Aug. 17, 2015
    8:44 p.m.

    Howdy would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re using? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different web browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you suggest a good web hosting provider at a honest price? Thank you, I appreciate it!

  28. Anonymous

    Aug. 24, 2015
    10:08 a.m.

    Thanks for sharing excellent informations. Your web-site is so cool. I’m impressed by the details that you¦ve on this site. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for extra articles. You, my friend, ROCK! I found simply the information I already searched everywhere and just could not come across. What an ideal web site.

  29. Anonymous

    Aug. 25, 2015
    1:28 p.m.

    Wow! Thank you! I always wanted to write on my site something like that. Can I include a portion of your post to my website?

  30. Anonymous

    Aug. 29, 2015
    6:43 p.m.

    You have mentioned very interesting details ! ps decent internet site.

  31. Anonymous

    Aug. 29, 2015
    11:58 p.m.

    Utterly pent content material, thanks for information .

  32. Anonymous

    Sept. 1, 2015
    11:09 p.m.

    I have been surfing on-line more than 3 hours today, but I by no means discovered any interesting article like yours. It is beautiful price enough for me. Personally, if all website owners and bloggers made just right content as you probably did, the net can be a lot more helpful than ever before.

  33. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    1:41 p.m.

    Perfectly composed written content, appreciate it for information .

  34. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    7:50 p.m.

    Good info. Lucky me I reach on your website by accident, I bookmarked it.

  35. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    8:58 p.m.

    Today, I went to the beachfront with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

  36. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    10:56 p.m.

    I do trust all of the concepts you have introduced for your post. They are very convincing and can definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are too brief for starters. May you please prolong them a bit from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

Sign In

Forgot password?



Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...