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TheChat: Sen. Jerry Moran predicts that the Iranian nuclear deal will eventually go into effect

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▪  “This agreement is horrific.” — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, a Republican, on the proposed nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran.

He predicts that the Senate will reject it, that President Barack Obama will veto that rejection under the unusual rules governing this deal, and that the Senate will then be unable to muster the two-thirds support needed to override the veto. The treaty then goes into effect.

▪ “I will confess that there was a time, just for fun, a bunch of us got together on the floor talking because it freaks them out. When we gather they are like, 'What are they doing? What are they up to?' So just sometimes we torment them, sometimes.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, discussing how the record 20 female senators sometimes gather in the storied chamber, leaving the male senators to wonder what’s going on.

The women senators, McCaskill said, are a force to be reckoned with.

▪ “It gives us new opportunities and new ways to form partnerships.” — Missouri state Sen. Ron Richard, a Joplin Republican and the Senate majority leader, on the resignation Friday of Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey.

Richard plans to seek Dempsey’s post. If he wins it, and he will be the heavy favorite, he will become the first Missourian to lead both the Senate and the House. (link via

▪ “Most Americans do not believe that their tax dollars should be used to fund the kind of grotesque procedures we’ve seen authenticated.” — Arizona Sen. John McCain, a Republican, on GOP efforts now underway to strip Planned Parenthood of its $528 million in government funding.

Republicans are very serious about this move in the wake of the latest controversy that’s embroiled Planned Parenthood. The fight over that money could spur another government shutdown.