Skip to comments.Senate votes to bar proposed Iran U.N. ambassador from country
Posted on 04/07/2014 5:46:33 PM PDT by mandaladon
(Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Monday seeking to bar Iran's proposed U.N. ambassador, Hamid Abutalebi, from entering the United States.
The legislation, introduced by Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, would prevent "known terrorists" from entering the United States to serve as U.N. ambassadors.
The Democratic-controlled Senate passed the measure by a voice vote.
The possibility that Abutalebi may have played a role in the 1979-1981 hostage crisis has outraged some of the U.S. Embassy workers held by the Iranians for 444 days.
Several lawmakers had said they were infuriated that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would make such a choice, and the State Department had expressed concern.
The United States, which severed diplomatic ties with Iran in 1980 during the hostage crisis, is generally required to allow U.N. diplomats to come to New York under its host country agreement with the United Nations. But under limited circumstances, it can refuse to grant visas to such diplomats.
New York's Charles Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, said he was pleased about the vote and that he and Cruz, normally on opposite sides of policy decisions, had discussed the legislation.
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Just move all the NYC UN stuff to Tehran.
Good proposal Ted, had you left off,"to serve as U.N. ambassadors" if it passes, it could have been used to keep Obama from returning to the US from one of his many trips. < /sarcasm>
“Several lawmakers had said they were infuriated that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would make such a choice...”
Why? The whole Middle East (and much of the rest of the world) views Zero and 0bamunists as toothless pussycats. Rouhani was just doing what muzzies do best; poking a stick into the eye of the great satan.
After BO sends gays to these completely intolerant countries, what would the US expect??!!
to bar Iran's proposed U.N. ambassador, Hamid Abutalebi... [t]he legislation, introduced by Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz... passed the [Democratic-controlled Senate] by a voice vote... New York's [Upchuck] Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, said he was pleased about the vote and that he and Cruz, normally on opposite sides of policy decisions, had discussed the legislation.Obama will defy the Senate and refuse to enforce it, triggering a Constitutional crisis, and resulting in his removal from office. I can dream, right?
Why is this law necessary if the State Department can refuse to issue a visa? Never mind!