The U.S. Senate Committee of Foreign Relations unanimously approved S.Res. 385, which calls for the exoneration of Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani and demands his immediate and unconditional release. The resolution will now be sent to the Senate floor for a vote, the American Center for Law and Justice reports.
By Nathanael Bennett
6/19/2012 Iran (ACLJ) – More than 120,000 of you have signed our petition to the U.S. Senate asking for unanimous approval of S.Res. 385. This resolution calls for the exoneration of Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, and demands his immediate and unconditional release. Remember, Pastor Youcef’s only crime is his faith in Jesus Christ.
Today it appears that the Senate is hearing you. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), unanimously approved S.Res. 385 and forwarded it to the Senate floor. This is a significant victory, as it clears the way for the full Senate to consider the measure.
The fact that today’s vote was unanimous is especially significant because it makes S.Res. 385 a good candidate to be approved by Unanimous Consent on the Senate floor. Under this procedure, unless a Senator objects, the resolution can be quickly processed without significant parliamentary hurdles.