Democratic leaders believe Iran deal secure in Congress

The seal of Congress. Credit: U.S. Congress.

( Democratic leaders in Congress believe that the Iran nuclear deal is secure despite nearly unanimous Republican opposition and intense lobbying efforts to defeat it.

“More and more [House Democrats] have confirmed to me that they will be there to sustain the veto,” said House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Reuters reported. 

President Barack Obama has promised to veto any Congressional disapproval of the deal. In order to override the veto, at least 44 Democratic House members and 13 Democratic members of the Senate must join Republicans in opposing the deal.

Many Jewish Democrats who hold powerful positions on their respective chambers’ foreign affairs committees, including U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), are still on the fence about the deal.

“There’ll be a lot of pressure on Democrats to support the president,” Engel told Reuters.

Schumer has come under intense pressure from constituents to oppose the deal, with his office being flooded with more than 10,000 phone calls over the past two weeks, Politico reported. 

“I haven’t made up my mind,” Schumer told Politico. “There are expectations all over the lot. I’m doing what I’m always doing when I have a very difficult decision: Learning it carefully and giving it my best shot, doing what I think is right. I’m not going to let pressure or politics or party get in the way of that.”

Posted on August 3, 2015 .