Sen. Pat Toomey has been a fierce opponent of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran and now he has an unlikely ally.
Schumer was seen as a potentially important ally for a number of reasons: 1. he is set to become the Democrats’ new leader in 2017 2. he is Jewish, which would give him credibility in the argument against Israel’s concerns 3. he represents New York, a heavily Democratic state and the one with the most Jewish residents.
“Last night, my Democratic colleague from New York, Senator Chuck Schumer, issued a powerful statement announcing his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal,” Sen. Toomey wrote. “I appreciate his thoughtful and thorough review of the agreement. Sen. Schumer shares my concerns about inspections that are not ‘anytime, anywhere,’ our inability to re-impose sanctions, and the damage Iran will do as a result of the non-nuclear aspects of this deal. This Senate vote is momentous for our country. I commend Sen. Schumer for his willingness to put aside partisanship, and I encourage my Democratic colleagues to follow his independent path.”
Still, some have argued that Sen. Schumer would only publicly oppose the plan once he privately knew that his opposition wouldn’t kill it.
Remember, the deal with Iran is an executive agreement not a treaty. The latter needs two-thirds approval of the Senate while the former doesn’t. The only way for Congress to fight against an executive agreement is to pass legislation. President Obama, though, would veto any bill that threatens the deal so Congress would have to override his veto.
At the moment, the Administration is focused on getting the support of enough House Democrats to prevent any veto override.