Senators Patrick Leahy and Chris Murphy, both Democrats, backed the nuclear deal with Iran on Wednesday, becoming the most recent Democrats in Washington’s upper chamber to endorse the deal ahead of a recess of five weeks.
The test on the agreement, said Murphy is quite simple: is it less likely that Iran would obtain a nuclear weapon with the deal than without one?
Because the answer for me is affirmative, then I support the agreement, said Murphy.
Murphy is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and previously had suggested he would lean in the direction of supporting the deal.
Meanwhile, Leahy suggested that without this deal Iran would be more apt to develop its nuclear weapon. He added that rejecting the agreement would isolate the U.S. from the other five countries that participated in the negotiations with Iran.
Leahy added that the other countries stuck with the U.S. because we believed that everyone was negotiating in good faith and a deal would be reached. If we leave now, many of the countries would say ok you are by yourself on this.
These two endorsements have come one day after three Democratic Senators Bill Nelson, Barbara Boxer and Tim Kaine announced they supported the deal.
Senate Republicans largely have said they were against the pact with Iran, which means that Obama would need at least 34 Democrats in the Senate to support the deal to uphold a possible veto of the legislation the Republicans would approve. Many Democrats in the Senate including Harry Reid the Minority Leader have yet to decide on the deal.
Opponents of this deal hope to use the break of five weeks for August recess to pressure the roughly dozen Democrats in the Senate to buck the party line and the president, but more of the Democrats already backing the deal prior to them leaving Washington, it could be a difficult battle for Republicans to win.
Republicans including presidential contenders of the GOP, have taken an issue with the agreement’s multiple parts including the “side” deals made between the IAEA and Iran, the lifting of an embargo on arms and that it does not require Iran to recognize the state of Israel or release the Americans held in custody inside the Islamic Republic.