House Democrats blocked a resolution on Tuesday that was intended to expressed support for oppressed Iranian protesters as well as condemn Iran’s act of shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane last week that killed 176 people.
“Consideration and a vote on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s resolution was blocked … by a vote of 226-191,” The Daily Caller reported.
“The resolution would have condemned the Government of Iran for killing 1,500 Iranian citizens who were protesting their government, as well as condemned the Government of Iran for shooting down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, killing 176 people.”
Kevin McCarthy announced Monday his plan to introduce the resolution in support of the protesters in Iran. The House Minority Leader made the announcement on Twitter as Iranian security forces reportedly fired tear gas and live ammunition on protesters in the streets Sunday.
The California Republican said:
“The world is watching,” and that “the people of Iran need to know that they are not alone in this pivotal moment.”
Following the Democrat’s refusal to side with the Iranian people, McCarthy weighed in tweeting:
“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 US Congress to speak with one voice to condemn an Iranian regime that kills its own people.”
Rep. Tim Burchett also spoke out against democrats:
“Why in the world are House Democrats blocking the GOP Leader’s resolution condemning this Iranian regime for obvious human rights violations? This isn’t complicated. Let’s stand up for the same basic right to free speech in Iran that we have here and vote on this resolution.”
Rep. Michael McCaul said to Fox News:
“It is a resolution, telling the Iranian people and the protesters in #Iran that we support them, that the American people have their back and as the President of the United States pointed out, warn the regime not to kill these protesters and time and time again they turn the internet off and they kill these protesters. They are standing up for freedom and democracy and we have to stand up for that as a principle anytime we can. Unfortunately, Kevin and I tried to get this to have consideration on the floor just about an hour ago and Democrats shot it down, they would not allow a vote on this resolution.”
Many of the protesters are upset about the news that their government accidentally shot down the Ukrainian airliner carrying 176 people, of which many were Iranian, six days after the killing of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani on Jan. 2.
President Trump has led by example and consistently offered heavy support for the suffering Iranian people who are conducting the anti-government Iranian protests,
On Saturday night, saying, “I’ve stood with you since the beginning of my Presidency, and my Administration will continue to stand with you. We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage.”