Obama Faces Battle as Senate Leaders in Both Parties Oppose Iran Deal

Administration Aims to Try to Sell Framework, But Will Congress Listen?

As Israel ratchets up its lobbying to kill the Iran deal, they seem to be gaining ground in the Senate, complicating the Obama Administration’s attempt to convince Congressional leaders not to sabotage the pact.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R – KY) is condemning the deal, and insisting that Congress be given the power to veto any agreement the US makes with Iran during the talks.

To make matters worse, the soon-to-be Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D – NY) is taking pretty much the same position, demanding classified briefings on the nature of the deal and insisting that no matter what, Congress needs veto power.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was the first of a series of administration officials planning to testify to Congress to explain the exact nature of the deal and why it is beneficial. They’ve got plenty of arguments to make in favor of the pact, but the real question is if Congress will even be listening, as many seem to have already made up their mind against the deal.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.