A key Democratic congressman said Friday he is backing the nuclear deal with Iran after President Barack Obama wrote him a personal letter saying the U.S. has options to curb Iran if it violates the agreement. (2) The United States and the worldwide community will now have access to Iran’s nuclear facilities and will monitor them closely.
There is no bipartisan support for this deal in Congress. However, there is bipartisan opposition to the deal. I agree that it has flaws, and where possible, I will work with my colleagues to strengthen the deal and its implementation – but the crucial question is not whether this is a ideal deal, but whether it is better than the likely alternatives.
Top Democrat leaders from both the U.S. House and Senate oppose this deal, including incoming Senate Democrat Leader and former chairman of the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee Chuck Schumer, D-New York.
Since the nuclear agreement was finalized in early July, there has been a steady stream of false claims meant to undermine support for it. One week, for example, there was speculation that after 10 years, Iran could restart its weapons program.
But despite tremendous pressure in the 9/11 aftermath – including from Israel – to go along with the Iraq war effort, Nadler voted against “the Bush administration’s crusade against Saddam Hussein”, he wrote in his op-ed.
In the tug-of-war for legislative sign-off on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – the name for the anti-nuke deal – Nadler could be seen as the red mark in the middle of the rope. Obama claims that his administration has followed this tradition in its dealings with Iran and the threat of nuclear weapons.
But when he returns to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Sunday, Obama will hit the ground running on the issue to which he devoted much of his time at the start of the summer – the controversial Iran nuclear deal. In the Senate, opponents face a tough task just rounding up 60 votes to pass a resolution of disapproval and look far from winning 67 required for an override.
He is less inclined than most of his GOP colleagues, particularly his seat mate John McCain, to want the United States to try to play boss of the world. “I was the only Jewish member in the New York delegation to go against the president”. In the House, nearly 100 Democrats have yet to choose one side or the other. Eliot Engel, Nita Lowey, and Steve Israel have announced their opposition to the deal as Jewish support for the Iran deal is hard to come by. Underneath his photo, it asked: “Senator Cory Booker: Will you… reject this catastrophic Iran Deal?…” While they expressed worry that Iran is “unflinchingly anti-Semitic and an unapologetic state-sponsor of terrorism“, they say endorse the nuclear deal and are calling on Congress to vote in its favor.
Obama reiterated his case for the deal in an August . 19 letter to legislators that was released by the White House. “I don’t see how a rational person could conclude that it’s a good deal”.
Obama has picked up crucial support from Democrats in recent days, including Democratic senator Claire McCaskill, who said on Thursday that while the agreement was not ideal , it was clear to her that “the world is united behind this agreement, with the exception of the government of Israel”.