Thursday, 26 April, 2018

Dilemma of Congress


By: Bobbie

These days, some voices have reverberated in the Congress. In other words, some Senators back Iran nuclear deal, some give a cold shoulder, the other are at a standstill. It seems that there is a fight between Republicans who are determined to kill the deal and think that there would be a better deal and Democrats who back the deal reached between Iran and P5+1.

The Congress has become a scene for show-off. Sen. Menendez, Corker, Kirk, Schumer, Flake, on one hand, fastened their seatbelts to wage a war with Iran and many Democrats, on the other hand, believe that the current deal is the best one.

It is very obvious that the gap between Republicans and Democrats in the Congress is wide, huge, and substantial. Evidence shows that 20 of 46 Senate Democrats support Iran deal but all Republicans almost have the opposite opinions. The possibility of disapproval is very strong in the Senate and in the House, the situation is a little better but altogether, Congress is very serious in rejecting Iran nuclear deal. Those whose votes are very important are mentioned in the following:

(Possible Opposition)

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)
Former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and leading Democratic skeptic of the deal, Menendez has had strained relations with the White House on this and other issues. He’s a safe bet to vote against the deal.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
One of the few remaining Republican moderates, Collins is unafraid of siding with Democrats, which has led some to speculate she might support the deal.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)
A Brooklyn-born and Ivy League-educated first-term senator, Blumenthal is better known for his legal fights against the tobacco industry than his foreign policy experience. He will be heavily lobbied on both sides as a Jewish senator with strong ties to Israel.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)
He’s a red-state moderate Democrat and Catholic who has emerged as a strong, but low-key, presence since joining the Senate in 2012.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
Flake is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee and among the most conservative senators on fiscal issues. But unusual among the newer Republican senators, he’s not overtly hawkish against the deal. He holds a global view of foreign policy after having lived and worked in Africa. “We’ve got to judge it against not what’s ideal, but what’s the alternative,” he said recently.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.)
The moderate first-term Democrat from conservative North Dakota has not been shy about bucking party leadership.

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.)
A new senator who has kept a lower profile, Peters represents Jewish and Arab constituents in Michigan but has not widely shared his views as he considers the issue.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.)

Schumer is the Democratic leader-in-waiting with the 2016 retirement of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and the highest-ranking Jewish senator. His vote will hold sway over other Democrats in Congress. “I’m not going to let pressure or politics or party influence my decision,” he said. Both sides will work hard to win his support.

(Possible Support)

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)
He’s a longtime Obama ally and former state education superintendent who is running for reelection in one of the toughest races in 2016.

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.)
As the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, Cardin brokered the bill giving Congress a vote on a resolution of disapproval for the Iran deal. He’s seen as a foreign policy moderate whose role as a leading Jewish senator could be helpful to the White House.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.)
A lawyer and former divinity school student, Coons serves on the Foreign Relations Committee. He studied in Africa and brings a global perspective to deliberations.

Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.)
The outspoken former governor from a conservative state often charts his own course in the Senate. But he has spoken favorably of the deal.

As a conclusion, it does not mean that only above-mentioned Senators play a key role in approving or disapproving Iran nuclear deal but votes of all members of House and Senate are truly important. There is one point for all Congressmen; in other words, they should decide whether to approve or disapprove the deal. But if they think there is a better deal than the current one, it is a very wrong idea and no deal is better than this. As Dr. Rouhani told this is a deal, you give something to the other side and take something else instead.

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1 Comment

  1. Bobby Dias

    August 17, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    False- there is no divide along party lines in Congress. There are some Republicans for the deal and some Democrats against the deal. Be truthful not divisive for your own political gain.

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