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Kerry, No Vote Means War

Secretary of State John Kerry told a packed meeting of skeptical House lawmakers on Wednesday that a vote against the Iran nuclear deal would be a vote to “go to war,” according to members leaving the meeting.

The Obama administration will use the next several weeks to pitch skeptical Republicans and Democrats on the deal before Congress considers voting on the deal. Votes are expected on a resolution to disapprove of the deal.

But despite Kerry’s shrill warning about the prospect of armed conflict, some left the meeting saying they weren’t convinced. Among the skeptical Democrats was Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., who said Kerry’s approve-or-else pitch was falling flat.

“I think Congress has a role to play here,” Lipinski said. “And I don’t think that voting ‘no’ means a vote to go to war. And that is what the argument that seems to be put out there, that a vote of no on this is a vote to go to war. I don’t think that’s true.”

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