- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

After Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas failed Wednesday in a bid to restrict President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, the White House decided to give the lawmaker a kick in the pants for good measure.

Referring to Mr. Cotton’s amendment to stop the U.S. from purchasing heavy water used by Iran in nuclear production, White House press secretary said, “Senator Cotton is certainly no expert when it comes to heavy water. I’m confident that he couldn’t differentiate heavy water from sparkling water.”

He said Mr. Cotton is focused “on undermining the effective implementation of this agreement that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

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Mr. Cotton’s amendment would have barred “the use of funds to purchase heavy water produced in Iran.” Senate Democrats blocked a spending bill on water and energy programs over the amendment, voting 50-46 against ending debate on the bill.

“That is an indication that there is not likely to be the necessary support in the United States Senate to add that amendment to, you know, this broader appropriations bill,” Mr. Earnest said. “We’ve made clear our commitment to a principle that ideologically motivated policy riders are not appropriate for appropriations bills.”

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