Schumer, New York’s senior senator, announced late Thursday that he would oppose the nuclear pact between six world powers and Iran announced on July 14. Far from taking this as bad news, I’d say it’s a very good sign that the Iran deal will survive when it goes to Congress. While the decision was not entirely unexpected, it opened the door for others to come out against the deal.
Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Sen. He has pledged a veto, but if Mr Schumer’s decision emboldens other Senate Democrats to defect, the deal to which so much of Mr Obama’s legacy is pegged could collapse.
If enough Democrats vote down the bill, then Congress could override a potential presidential veto, which would kill the agreement for good, CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported.
Sherman plans to propose additional sanctions on Iran next month to target its non-nuclear behavior, according to his statement.
“I will vote to disapprove the agreement, not because I believe war is a viable or desirable option, nor to challenge the path to diplomacy”, Schumer said. Skeptics of the deal fear it will legitimize Iran as a nuclear threshold state, allowing it to retain an ever-growing uranium enrichment program.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, a high ranking New York Democrat, announced he will vote against President Barack Obama’s historic nuclear deal with Iran. The New York Senator is among the most influential Jewish lawmakers in the United States.
“I won’t let party pressure politics interfere with doing what I think is right“, said Schumer.
Obama recently argued that numerous critics of the deal are the same people that pushed for the U.S. invasion of Iraq and compared lawmakers opposed to the deal with the hardliners in Iran.
Because it suggests that Schumer has already calculated that the administration can do without his vote. Chuck Schumer is receiving criticism from liberals who claim he is “unfit” to be the next Democratic leader, The Hill reports.
But Earnest’s comments highlight the White House’s disappointment that Schumer would side with critics of the deal, which blocks Iran’s from pursuing nuclear weapons in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from crippling economic sanctions.
Mr Obama has been engaged in his own lobbying effort, including a combative speech on Wednesday in which he said abandoning the agreement would open up the prospect of war. Michigan Rep. Sander Levin has endorsed the deal.