Congress will vote on the deal – trumpeted by Pres. Barack Obama as the only way to avert military intervention in Iran – when they return to Washington in September, making the next several weeks critical for the future of the deal.
“We’re talking to everybody,” Kerry said, according to a Morning Call report. “We’re talking to Republicans. We’re talking to Democrats. Anybody who wants to be briefed, we’re briefing, and anybody who wants a question answered, we’ll answer it. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be having on-going conversations with a huge number of members.”
Casey has said he is still reviewing the entire deal and has held “multiple classified intelligence briefings,” while also talking with officials at the Departments of State, Energy and Treasury.
Sen. Pat Toomey was quick out of the gates to voice his opposition to the deal – which would stall Iran’s nuclear weapons program for 10 to 15 years – as he believes “allowing hundreds of billions of dollars in economic relief for the Iranian government would be a dangerous step.”
Congress is expected to pass a resolution to stop the nuclear deal in its tracks, though Obama has vowed to veto it. If Republicans all vote against the deal, just 44 Democrats in the House and 13 Democrats in the Senate would need to reject the deal to override Obama’s veto.
Seven Democratic senators have already declared their intention to vote no on the Iran deal, making Casey’s support almost invaluable to the president.
A large group of Republican Congressman are currently in Israel slamming the deal, including PA Rep. Keith Rothfus – who was harassed by Muslims on the Temple Mount today, according to The Jerusalem Post.
“When you say no to something today, you’re not taking them to no program, you’re actually taking them back to the very dangerous place where we’ve tried to move them away from,” Kerry said from Washington.