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House Democrats Block Resolution to Support Iranian Protesters

The Democratic caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to block a GOP resolution that would explicitly voice support for the ongoing protests against Iran, the Daily Caller reports.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) introduced the resolution on Monday, which was blocked when the House voted, by a margin of 226-191, to not bring the resolution to a full House vote.

The resolution, in addition to voicing support for the protesters, also condemns the government of Iran for its shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger jet, which killed all 176 people aboard, and subsequently lying about how the plane went down. This incident, which resulted in the deaths of 82 Iranians onboard the plane, sparked the ongoing mass protests against the Islamic regime, led by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Reacting to the vote, McCarthy said in a tweet that the result was “a disappointment,” and that “this is not time for partisan politics. This should be a time for the US Congress to speak with one voice to condemn an Iranian regime that kills its own people.”