Key Democrats in US House, Senate eye late declarations on Iran deal

WASHINGTON – Key Democrats in both houses of Congress plan to delay any public declarations of support for the Iran nuclear agreement until after the legislature’s summer recess, several Capitol Hill sources told The Jerusalem Post.
Several of those Democrats are Jewish and comprise the party’s leadership: Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York), likely the next leader of the Senate Democratic caucus; Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), ranking member of the powerful Foreign Relations Committee; and Congressman Eliot Engel (D-New York), ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee are all, thus far, undeclared.
Opponents of the deal must gain the support of 44 House Democrats and 13 Senate Democrats, alongside a united Republican caucus, to kill the agreement.
Undeclared Democrats, who together with their colleagues form a necessary firewall for the Obama administration in its effort to preserve the deal through a September vote of disapproval, have calculated several benefits to waiting.