A congressional statement on a mass shooting that injured countless protesters in the Middle East was delayed after the Democrats prevented the House from voting on Jan. 14.
House Republicans have expressed their strong dissatisfaction with Democrats who appeared to block House Resolution 791 that condemns the actions of the Iranian mullah regime and supports the freedom and human rights of protesters in Iran.
Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) could not believe his ears when he heard Democrats, which have a majority in the House, decided not to consider the resolution for a vote even though media reports show several images of peaceful protesters being shot at.
“Why in the world are House Democrats blocking the GOP leader’s resolution condemning this Iranian regime for obvious human rights violations?” Burchett said on Twitter. “This is not complicated. Let’s stand up for the same basic right to free speech in Iran that we have here and vote on this resolution.”
House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was very disappointed after learning House Democrats did not want to vote on the resolution and blamed party politics for wasting an opportunity to show international leadership.
“What a disappointment—Democrats just blocked a vote on a resolution supporting the Iranian protesters,” he said on Twitter. “This is not the time for partisan politics; this should be a time for the U.S. Congress to speak with one voice to condemn an Iranian regime that kills its own people.”
McCarthy believes this is a critical moment and the House must not wait any longer.
“The world is watching, and the people of Iran need to know that they are not alone in this pivotal moment,” he said.
The resolution condemns the Iranian regime for murdering about 1,500 Iranian protesters, accidentally shooting down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, and repeatedly lying about its role in destroying the commercial carrier. It also asks the regime to refrain from using violence and instead protect freedom of speech and assembly as well as supporting protester demands for the regime to be held accountable and respect freedom and human rights.
“It is just a resolution, telling the Iranian people and the protesters in Iran that we support them [and] the American people have their back,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) told Fox Business. “Time and time again they [the regime] turned the internet off and they killed these protesters. They [protesters] are standing up for freedom and democracy and we have to stand up for that as a principle.”
However, it appears House Democrats are unlikely to consider a vote on any such resolution.
“Unfortunately, Kevin and I tried to get this to have consideration on the floor just about an hour ago and the Democrats shot it down and would not allow a vote on this resolution,” McCaul said.