Top Democrats Break Party Line Over Iran Deal
President Obama is losing the debate over his Iran deal. Faced with growing number of Democratic opposition, Obama soon could be forced to carry out his threat of vetoing any attempt to alter his nuclear deal with the rouge Iranian nation.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.Y.) have all expressed intent to vote against the Iranian nuclear deal.
“To me, the very real risk that Iran will not moderate and will, instead, use the agreement to pursue its nefarious goals is too great,” Schumer, who many consider presumptive Democratic Senate leader-in-waiting, said.
During a meeting with constituents in Cornwall, Conn., last week, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said there were “weaknesses” with the Iran nuclear agreement and added that, “there may have been a better deal if we’d had different people doing it.”
Although President Obama said last month that he will veto any legislation blocking the Iran nuclear deal, the growing number of opposing Democratic Senators brings hope of reaching the crutial number of 67 votes, the number needed to overrule a presidential veto.
Not just President Obama’s own party is looking to overturn the potentially catastrophic deal with Iran. 350 prominent rabbis in Israel and abroad have sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to oppose the “dangerous” nuclear agreement. “Your vote on the agreement – by every legislator – will either facilitate a nuclear war or spare humanity of a nuclear war,” reads the letter.
Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iraqi Kurdistan, countries with very little in common, also have spoken out against the dangerous deal. The Democratic party must put aside petty, partisan loyalties and listen to the overwhelming, unified voice of the international community.