“Our president said in 2012 that his administration has Israel’s back,” Graham said ahead of the vote. “This is a chance for the Senate to also say we have Israel’s back.”
S.Res. 65 also supports the full implementation of U.S. and international sanctions on Iran, which Graham said have been working but too slowly.
“This is about preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon,” Sen. John HoevenJohn HoevenOvernight Defense: White House threatens to veto Gitmo bill GOP senators fight female draft in defense bill Majority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention MORE (R-N.D.) said. “If Iran can’t sell their oil, they won’t have revenue and won’t be able to build a nuclear weapon.”
The resolution says, “if Israel is compelled to take military action in self-defense against Iran's nuclear weapons program, the U.S. government should provide Israel with diplomatic, military and economic support.”
The resolution expressly says it’s not a declaration of war.
“Today the Senate will send a clear and unequivocal message to Iran,” Sen. John McCainJohn McCainKerry fires back at McCain: I'm not 'delusional' House to vote on ObamaCare mandate exemption Tuesday Debate must expose divide between Trump, Clinton on climate change MORE (R-Ariz.) said. “The United States will not allow you to get nuclear weapon capability.”
Menendez, the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, said his committee would continue to look at other options, including increasing military pressure, in order to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.