Schumer to Dems: It's safe to jump ship
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the second most senior Democrat in the Senate, has signaled to his counterparts that it's okay to jump ship by supporting the Corker bill
giving Congress the right to veto any deal with the Iran over its nuclear capabilities.
The comments Monday by the Democratic leader-in-waiting illustrate
the enormity of the task ahead for Obama and his team: While there’s no
guarantee that Congress would ultimately reject an agreement with Iran,
there’s an increasingly bipartisan consensus that Congress should at
least have the ability to do so.
“This is a very serious issue that deserves careful
consideration, and I expect to have a classified briefing in the near
future. I strongly believe Congress should have the right to disapprove
any agreement and I support the Corker bill which would allow that to
occur,” Schumer said in an emailed statement to POLITICO.
had quietly signed on to a bill allowing congressional review of the
Iran deal two weeks ago, but made little fanfare of his co-sponsorship.
In a brief statement on Friday, he said only that he’d review the
agreement. Now that the outlines of an agreement are known, Schumer’s
emphatic statement that Congress has an important role becomes more
significant, signaling to fellow Democrats that it’s safe to jump on
board the review bill.
His comments came as the White House press secretary was panning the
legislation, which was written by Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and would allow Congress to vote to
suspend the lifting of sanctions. A committee vote on the measure is
planned for next week.
Schumer is a potentially
decisive figure in whether the Iran measure will eclipse veto-proof
support in Congress, given his expected ascension to the Democratic
leader’s job in 2017 and the diminished influence of indicted Sen.
Robert Menendez of New Jersey, who recently relinquished his position as
the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations panel.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Bob Corker, Charles Schumer, Iran sanctions regime, Iranian nuclear threat