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House Passes Iran Election Resolution

The House today voted to support Iranian dissidents and “all Iranians who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties and the rule of law.” The resolution
(H Res 560) passed with 405 yea votes and only one nay, and two members voting present.

As I said earlier, and as many of our Representatives emphasized today, this has nothing to do with supporting Mousavi. In fact it offers no commentary on Mousavi whatsoever. This resolution is about supporting the cause of freedom. As Congressman Pence stated “The cause of America is freedom.”

Click through for some other floor speech excerpts I thought noteworthy. And here are Pence’s full closing remarks:

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Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV): “It takes an enormous amount of courage to stand up to your government in a repressive society.”
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Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV): “I am personally in awe of the Iranian people and hope others will learn by their example.”

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) “The Iranian regime’s brutality is on full display for the whole world to behold.”

Rep. David Scott (D-GA): “It is important that the world understand that America is indeed that shining light of liberty and of freedom.”

Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) “This resolution is not about American interests, it’s about American values”

You can continue following the aftermath of the Iranian election on Twitter.

Update: The sole no vote was Ron Paul (R-TX); the present voters were Brad Ellsworth (D-IN) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA). (SOURCE)