United States Sen. Deb Fischer says the Senate must have a sober, thorough debate over the Iran nuclear deal.
The Senate has left Washington for its annual August break. It returns in September with the Iran deal first on its priority list.
Fischer says this debate needs to return to old-style debate.
“With senators sitting in their desks, at their desks, in the chamber, giving every senator the opportunity to speak on this very, very important issue in a chamber where the senators are present,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during her final conference call prior to the break.
Congress faces a deadline in voting on the deal worked out by the Obama Administration and five other countries. It must vote by September 17th.
Fischer says Republican leadership seems to favor the old fashioned debate. It will be up to the Democrats on whether that is the style adopted.
“Hopefully, the Democratic leader is going to agree to having all of his members present in the chamber as well so we can have that serious debate on what I really believe will be one of the most important votes that I ever take in the United States Senate,” Fischer says.
Fischer has scheduled a number of public events in Nebraska during the August break. She says she wants to hear from constituents what they think of the deal.
“And I think the question that we need to answer is really is the United States better or worse off with this agreement?”
AUDIO: Sen. Deb Fischer discusses the upcoming vote on the Iran nuclear deal. [2 min.]