US House Democratic leader Pelosi backs Iran nuclear deal

In letter to her colleagues, leader of Democrats in US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi writes that she backs Iran nuclear deal

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Nancy Pelosi, the leader of Democrats in the US House of Representatives, on Monday wrote to her colleagues to show her support for the Iran nuclear deal.

"As you may be aware, I believe that this agreement is a major accomplishment. I am pleased that the response thus far from House Democrats has been so positive," she said.

Pelosi’s move is essential in reflecting the outcome of the upcoming congressional review.

The nuclear deal agreement has recently been received by Congress and the legislative body will have two months starting from Monday to ratify or reject it.

The nuclear deal is recently backed by the UN Security Council, however is not welcomed very well by the majority of Republicans. Several lawmakers made  statements calling UN vote on the nuclear deal an “affront to the American people," because it took place before the congressional approval.

"President Obama's attempt to circumvent Congress and hastily move forward with a United Nations Security Council vote on the Iran nuclear agreement is outrageous," Senator David Perdue, said in a statement.

Even before the deal was reached with world powers and Iran, in March Republican senators signed an open letter addressing the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran to display their disapproval and warned that even if the deal is approved, the next administration will revoke it “with the stroke of a pen.”

The letter read that its aim was to “enrich” the Islamic Republic’s knowledge about US constitutional system, stressing that the president needs congressional approval to finalise an agreement.

Republicans hold majority in both legislative bodies; Senate and House of Representatives.

“It's pretty clear to me that a majority of the House and Senate, at a minimum, are opposed to this deal. What those numbers will look like post-Labor day, we'll see,” House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday.

However, the majority does not guarantee the rejection of the deal by the legislative.  

President Barack Obama said he would veto any legislation that would impose new sanctions on Iran or prevent him from suspending the existing ones. Overriding the president’s veto would require the approval of two-thirds of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, in which case the Republicans would need support from dozens of Democrats.

Pro-Israel Democratic Ssenator Robert Menendez recently expressed his discontentment with the nuclear deal, and could be a key congressional member in convincing Democrats to reject the disputed agreement. “The deal doesn’t end Iran’s nuclear program — it preserves it," he said.

On the other hand, hours after the Iran nuclear agreement was reached, the White House took its first steps to gain votes of skeptical Democrats in Congress on the deal.

But still, as the 2016 elections approach, Democratic legislators from purple states may also feel pressure to vote against the deal.

However, Pelosi’s support is a good signal for the prospects of the deal in the US Congress.


TRTWorld and agencies