The Senate on Sunday blocked Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) effort to attach the Iran nuclear deal to the long-term highway bill.
Senators, by a voice vote, upheld the ruling of the Senate chair.
On Friday Cruz, who is running for president, was blocked from offering an amendment to the highway bill that would have prevented President Obama from lifting some sanctions until Iran supports Israel and releases Americans currently held in the country.
But because McConnell had “filled the tree,” a procedural move that blocks further amendments, Cruz’s maneuver was ruled “not in order.”
Republicans suggested ahead of Sunday’s vote that while they were opposed to the Iran nuclear deal, Cruz’s effort would effectively throw out the Senate’s rulebook if successful.