The coming Iran battle in Congress

by Richard Baehr
June 28, 2015

It is likely that the biggest obstacle that will be faced by opponents of the agreement will be in the House and not the Senate. Just before ‎the Corker-Menendez bill was passed, the White House ended its opposition to it, which made the bill easier to pass, but also signaled ‎that the administration was confident it could beat back opponents of the bill when the votes on the deal came before ‎Congress. Supporters of the White House, better described as Obama loyalists who will follow his lead on pretty much everything, ‎provided a signal of their own strength just as the Corker-Menendez legislation was passed. A letter sent around by Illinois ‎Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, one of the most left-wing members of the House and an ardent supporter of J Street, contained ‎signatures of 146 Democratic voting members of the House applauding the administration’s preliminary agreement with Iran and ‎endorsing diplomacy going forward (meaning no new sanctions, no military action, and of course, whatever concessions the White House ‎feels are necessary to bring a final deal home)‎...READ MORE

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