So, this is the man who thinks it wise to poke a stick in the eye of the president and of those he is in negotiations with. Because it's the senate that holds the real power, and if you don't believe it, they'll just keep acting like spoiled brats until you do believe!
Cotton’s hawkishness even led him to act ahead of his own party when he tried to introduce an amendment to
the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013, which would “automatically”
levy sentences of up to 20 years on violators of US sanctions against
That punishment would have extended to “a spouse and any relative, to
the third degree” of the sanctions violator, including, Cotton
clarified, “parents, children, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces,
grandparents, great grandparents, grandkids, great grandkids.” Cotton
explained during a markup hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee
that “there would be no investigation” because “if the prime malefactor
of the family is identified as on the list for sanctions, then everyone
within their family would automatically come within the sanctions
regime as well.”
“It’d be very hard to demonstrate and investigate to conclusive proof,” he said.
The amendment was withdrawn after members of the committee expressed
concern that it violated the Fifth Amendment, which protects American
citizens against unfair treatment in legal processes and
guarantees defendants due process rights. Yet Cotton has promised that he
is “committed to the policy” and is “working with allies to include the
amendment at other committees of jurisdiction in the Senate.”
And if you ignore his rules, he's going to punish everyone in your family. Way to Go! That's truly the New American Way.