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Tell Democratic leaders in the Senate:
"There are 47 Republicans who put their partisan abhorrence of the president ahead of their duty to defend America's national security. Put forward a resolution condemning the 47 Republicans who sent a letter to the Iranian government sabotaging American diplomatic efforts to negotiate a deal to stop Iran's nuclear program."

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Dear 5849376,

Republicans have done everything they can to sabotage President Obama's domestic agenda. But now 47 Republicans have crossed a line, and even some of their fellow Republicans are raising questions.

These Republicans are actively sabotaging America's national security to express their utter abhorrence of our president.

In a truly shocking attempt to derail a American diplomatic efforts to limit Iran's nuclear program, 47 Republican Senators wrote a letter to the government of Iran this week threatening to sabotage any deal that may emerge from the international negotiations currently underway.1

It's simply disgraceful. A new low even for Republicans.2

Tell Democratic leaders in the Senate to put forward a resolution condemning in the strongest possible terms the 47 Republican senators who are endangering national security to damage the presidency.

The letter was written by the Tea Party freshman from Arkansas, Senator Tom Cotton, and signed by the entire party leadership in the Senate as well as presidential contenders Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.

These senators' intent is clear: To prevent President Obama from striking a deal with Iran. We know because Tom Cotton already said as much. In January, he said that he preferred "regime change" in Iran (read: war) to negotiations, and that, "The end of these negotiations isn't an unintended consequence of congressional action. It is very much an intended consequence. A feature, not a bug, so speak."3

This should be a wakeup call for Democrats like Robert Menendez who are working with Republicans to pass new sanctions or procedural hurdles to striking a deal. Republicans have one goal: Undermining the president.

Tell Democratic leaders in the Senate to put forward a resolution condemning the 47 Republican senators who are endangering national security to damage the presidency.

It's difficult to overstate how dangerously irresponsible this is.

First, the 47 Republican senators' letter risks starting a bloody, costly war of choice with Iran. Negotiations are the best way to ensure that Iran cannot acquire a nuclear weapon – and our diplomats are reportedly very close to striking a good deal. Undermining those negotiations puts us back on the path to war and confrontation.

Second, the 47 Republican senators' letter makes it easier for Iran to build a nuclear weapon.4 The letter provides Iran with a convenient excuse for walking away from the bargaining table and blaming the United States for the talks' failure. If our allies perceive the United States as the problem country in the negotiations, the global sanctions regime against Iran will likely collapse, making it even easier for Iran to build a bomb.

Third, the 47 Republican senators' letter empowers Iranian hardliners, who support gross human rights violations and terrorism against the United States and its allies. Iranian reformers like President Hassan Rouhani have staked their credibility on striking a nuclear deal in exchange for lifting sanctions. If they fail, hardliners will use the collapse of the talks to undermine moderates and drive Iran into a more violent, confrontational stance toward America.

Republicans have gotten away with a lot of crazy, awful, dangerous and reckless nonsense since President Obama was elected. But this is truly a new low, and we can't afford not to respond.

Tell Democratic leaders in the Senate to put forward a resolution condemning the 47 Republican senators who are endangering national security to damage the presidency.

Thank you for taking action.

Zack Malitz, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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1. Peter Baker, "G.O.P. Senators' Letter to Iran About Nuclear Deal Angers White House," New York Times, March 9, 2015
2. Max Fisher, "Republicans are crossing a dangerous new line: sabotaging US foreign policy," Vox, March 9, 2015
3. Ryan Grim, "Senator Who Organized Letter To Iran Has Said He Wants To Sabotage Negotiations," Huffington Post, March 9, 2015
4. Jeffrey Goldberg, "Republicans May Have Undermined Their Own Cause Against Iran," The Atlantic, March 10, 2015


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