Barack Obama Likely To Win Over Congress In Iran Nuclear Deal

| by Kathryn Schroeder

Support in the House of Representatives for President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal is not wavering, making it likely that the deal will go through regardless of opposition from Republicans.

Nearly 40 House Democrats have said they favor the deal since it was first announced in mid-July, with 16 senators showing support too, Politico reports.

Additionally, dozens of Democrats have said in interviews and statements they will back the agreement that will stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

“This deal gives us the best chance we have had in years to halt the Iranian nuclear program,” Democratic Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota said. “It dismantles the progress they have made and opens up the country to strict inspections.”

“The consequences of rejecting this deal cannot be underestimated, leaving the United States isolated with no leverage and weakened alliances and credibility. Iran, already a nuclear threshold state, would be left unchecked with no reason to hold back its pursuit of a nuclear weapon,” Democratic Rep. Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts said.

Of the 151 House Democrats who signed a letter in support of the deal’s outline in May, not one of them has voiced opposition to the final agreement.

There is one Democrat who is not supportive of the Iran nuclear deal: Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York. He publicly stated earlier this week that a better deal should be sought, Opposing Views reported.

“I believe we should go back and try to get a better deal,” Schumer said. “The nations of the world should join us in that.”

Secretary of State John Kerry responded to Schumer by saying it was absurd to seek a better deal and that Iran “won’t come back” to the table to negotiate.

A total of nine House Democrats have said they oppose the deal.

“Iran is a grave threat to international stability. It is the largest state sponsor of terror in the world and continues to hold American citizens behind bars on bogus charges,” Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel of New York said. “We can have no doubt about the malevolent intent of a country’s leaders who chant ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel’ just days after concluding a deal.”

Most Republicans are staunchly opposed to the Iran nuclear deal and will prepare a resolution of disapproval, but it may not work.

Given the support Obama has for the deal, even if all Republicans vote it down they would need 13 Democrats in the Senate and 44 in the House for a two-thirds majority to override a presidential veto, The Hill reports.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a supporter of the deal, believes it will go through.

"I still believe that the president will have enough votes to sustain a veto," Flake said.

Sources: The Hill, Opposing Views, Politico / Photo credit: Nick Knupffer/Flickr