Sen. Vitter delays Iran bill vote, calls procedure ‘a bunch of bull’

Senator David Vitter (R-La.) has been trying to tell Senate leaders not to mess with him for awhile now. Harry Reid got plenty of doses of the special treatment, and Vitter is dishing it out again to Senate leaders over the amendment procedure of the current Iran bill. Currently, him and other Republican Senators are being blocked on amendment votes and modification.

Vitter on Wednesday directed his fire at Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) the managers of legislation granting Congress power to review a final nuclear deal with Iran.

Vitter blew his top after Cardin objected to his effort to modify his own amendment with unanimous consent.

“All I’m seeking is to be able to modify the language of my own amendment which is already pending,” he pleaded.

Sens. Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton both used a rare procedural move to get their amendments to the floor that would have killed the bill, and that consequently forced Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to cut debate and bring the bill for a final vote. That is, until David Vitter had something to say.

Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Democrat of Maryland, who is helping to manage the bill, said Mr. Vitter’s move was disruptive. Mr. Vitter responded with no small amount of vituperation on the Senate floor Wednesday night.

“That’s a bunch of bull,” said Mr. Vitter, who added: “Let’s be upfront about what’s going on here. It’s not an open amendment process.”

Mr. Vitter thus declined to give consent to move forward on the bill beyond the procedural vote, which could push final votes on the measure into next week.

[The Hill] [New York Times]