Despite fierce opposition at home and abroad, Congress will likely fail to block the Iran nuclear deal now that Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., on Wednesday became the crucial 34th vote that denies opponents the numbers needed to block the deal.
Although Republicans are lined up solidly against the proposed agreement, only two Democratic senators came out publicly against the deal — Chuck Schumer of New York and Robert Menendez of New Jersey.
“To me, after 10 years, if Iran is the same nation as it is today, we will be worse off with this agreement than without it,” wrote Schumer in expressing his opposition. “I will vote to disapprove the agreement, not because I believe war is a viable or desirable option, nor to challenge the path of diplomacy. It is because I believe Iran will not change, and under this agreement it will be able to achieve its dual goals of eliminating sanctions while ultimately retaining its nuclear and non-nuclear power.”
Although Schumer’s announcement last month was expected to trigger more Democratic defections, in recent days a string of Democratic senators had come out in support of the plan. Even if Congress passes a resolution disapproving the deal when it votes later this month, Obama is expected to veto the resolution and now has the votes to win the long-running battle.
Although an Obama victory in navigating the plan through Congress may be achieved, the president must now implement a major and controversial piece of foreign policy while facing broad-based opposition. The agreement’s Democratic support is enough to allow it to move forward, but there remains a bipartisan majority opposed to the agreement.
Republicans still plan to fight to pass a resolution of disapproval in the House of Representatives and the Senate, but, even if they fail, are planning steps to keep pressure on Iran as the nuclear accord begins reducing sanctions.
“We’ve already seen Iran is willing to flaunt international rules before the ink dries,” said Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., a member of the Foreign Relations Committee. Gardner said he would support renewing and expanding sanctions on Iran for non-nuclear infractions or to punish any cheating on the controversial deal.
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