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Congress will likely fail to block the Iran nuclear deal now that Maryland Democrat Senator Barbara Mikulski has announced her support. In a press release she said:
No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime. I have concluded that this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb. For these reasons, I will vote in favor of this deal. However, Congress must also reaffirm our commitment to the safety and security of Israel.
Reaction to Mikulski’s announcement showed that the upcoming vote will not be the end of disputes over Iran. Cory Fritz, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said:
The White House may have convinced just enough Democrats to back an agreement that legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program, trusts the regime to self-inspect and offers amnesty to terrorists, but this deal is far from being implemented.
New York Senator Chuck Schumer and New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez are the only two Democratic senators who have publicly opposed the deal. Senator Schumer wrote:
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.
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