With only two Democrats opposing the deal, the odds are looking better by the hour that Democrats may be able to block the resolution in the Senate. Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen, both Democrats who are seeking the Senate seat that will be left open by Mikulski’s retirement in 2017, have announced their support. (The first-term Delaware senator noted he had even considered postponing the address if he had not received those answers.) Ultimately, however, the responses were adequate to get him on board with the agreement.
Five other House Democrats also announced their support for the nuclear agreement Tuesday – Reps.
Congress will vote on that deal after it returns to session next week. The latest addition to the “yes” list was on Sunday, with the commitment of the Democratic US Senator of Oregon, Jeff Merkley. Bob Menendez of New Jersey. Forty-six senators oppose the plan.
The U.S., along with Britain, France, China, Russian Federation and Germany, reached a historic agreement with Iran on July 14, curbing the country’s ability to develop nuclear weapons in exchange for removing sanctions. 56 to 28 percent say it will make the world less safe.
“I support this deal with my eyes wide open, aware of the deal’s flaws as well as its potential”, said Coons, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He continues, “This agreement at best freezes Iran’s nuclear enrichment program”. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, and Sen. The president said in an interview with the Jewish newspaper Forward, published Monday, that Iran is going to have to use the $50 billion in unfrozen assets just to prop up its badly-sagging economy.
“We need not, and indeed should not, trust the Iranian regime”.
Casey said he had studied the agreement intensively. Had Obama not responded, Coons admitted, his decision could have played out quite differently.
“His questions were probing”, Einhorn said of his multiple conversations with Casey. “I think we have to steer away from incendiary language that suggests that either those who are in favor of the deal are appeasing Iran or, conversely, that those who are opposed to the deal are not thinking about America’s interest”. Why does Senator Gillibrand refuse to represent her own voters?
Maryland senators are being heavily lobbied by both sides of the debate.
Opponents of the agreement have said they want to hold out for a better deal, but Mr. Casey said that’s not realistic. But approval of the treaty does not mean that the Obama administration and its worldwide partners would be unable or unwilling to respond to such activities – or that the Obama administration would not, as it has promised, redouble U.S. support for Israel’s security. Lehigh Valley congressman Charlie Dent says he will oppose the pact. “The president will have at least 32 committed Democrats on his side by the end of the day”. And alternative paths outside the deal were not viable, he added.