Iran Deal: Can Schumer still succeed Reid after taking Netanyahu’s side against his Party Leader?

Wochit News | (Video report) | – –

“New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat, is breaking with President Barack Obama and will oppose the Iran nuclear deal.

Schumer made the announcement late Thursday night. The move is a blow to the Obama administration, which has lobbied hard for the international accord ahead of a vote next month.

Schumer said in a statement that there is a real risk that Iran will not moderate and will use the pact to pursue its nefarious goals.”

Wochit News: “Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer to Oppose Iran Nuclear Deal”

For background see this April 7 piece at Commondreams:

Jon Queally, staff writer | ( | – –

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, one of the party’s most powerful lawmakers, has endorsed a bill in the Senate that could very well derail the diplomatic achievements between Iran, the U.S., and other world powers.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, the influential Democrat from New York who will likely take over as Senate Minority Leader when colleague Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) finally steps aside, made it clear on Monday that he will stand with the Republican caucus in its bid to undermine ongoing efforts to reach a final nuclear agreement with Iran and other world powers.

Following a breakthrough last week that resulted in a framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, Schumer cemented his position on the diplomatic efforts by endorsing a bill by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Bob Mendendez (D-NJ) which would give Congress the right to review, and possibly reject, any final agreement made with Tehran over its nuclear program or the lifting of U.S.-imposed sanctions.

“This is a very serious issue that deserves careful consideration, and I expect to have a classified briefing in the near future,” Schumer said in a statement first emailed to Politico. “I strongly believe Congress should have the right to disapprove any agreement and I support the Corker bill which would allow that to occur.”

Long hawkish on foreign policy matters—and well-known as backing the desires of the pro-Israel establishment—Schumer’s support for the bill is not surprising. As one senior Democratic aide told The Hill, “It’s the same position he’s always held.”

However, given his increasingly powerful position in the party and the Senate, Schumer’s public support for the Corker/Menendez bill now puts one of the Democrats most influential lawmakers at direct odds with the Obama administration which has repeatedly stated that congressional attempts to micro-manage negotiations with Iran would be paramount to diplomatic sabotage. With both the House and the Senate controlled by Republicans, the statement by Schumer puts the GOP that much closer to achieving a possible veto-proof majority in the Senate.

Speaking on Sunday, Sen. Corker said he believes he is getting close to having the necessary 67 votes in the Senate to override an Obama veto.

Robert Naiman, campaign director for Just Foreign Policy, points out Tuesday that other prominent Democrats in the Senate, as well as Independent Bernie Sanders, have all come out in favor of the recent framework agreement and can be expected to vote against Corker/Mendendez.

Over the weekend, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) confirmed her support for the deal by telling the hosts of The HuffPost Show that, “Finding a negotiated solution, something that works, something that doesn’t involve trusting, something that involves verifying that Iran is not moving toward developing a nuclear weapon, that is our best promise in the region.”

The worry remains, however, that Corker and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can round up enough Democratic defectors over the next several weeks.

As the New York Times reports Tuesday:

The White House now views its central challenge as either negotiating a compromise with Mr. Corker or stopping enough Democrats from joining him so that he is short of a veto-proof majority, at least through June 30, the deadline to translate last week’s preliminary agreement with Iran onto paper. After that, officials said, Mr. Obama may be in a stronger position to argue the merits of the accord . . .

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14 Responses

  1. Nothing new here. Schumer has two masters he always answers to – Wall Street and AIPAC. The only surprise here is that his Wall Street owners didn’t push harder for the banks to get in on all of those upcoming financial deals with Iran. Hopefully, other Dems will now dump Schumer.

  2. I always knew chuckie is a snake in the grass,
    …but Gee Zeus!
    Does he have to be worse than Lieberman?

  3. What strange politics schumer is playing? I do not want any young American to die from his arrogant position.
    It is hard to figh this money givers, but will work hard to blunt his warmongering.

  4. It is understandable a powerful American senator believes what Congress does is central to the agreement. But if the other signatories are satisfied, if the lack of constraints on conventional arms shipments means Russia delivers anti-aircraft missiles to Iran, and if China decides to make a major commitment to purchase Iranian oil the United States is going to be in a lonely, awkward, and exposed position. And Senator Schumer will be largely responsible for Iran feeling not only free to continue working on nuclear weapons but under pressure to do so. Campaign for the Senate on that, especially if the Republicans nominate a moderate Republican like Governor Cuomo as their candidate.

  5. Once again, we are reminded that congress (including both parties) is there to serve the interests of its members, and not the interests of the country. The Democratic party is a joke. Bush showed the insanity of America fighting to keep control of the Middle East. Yet, as electioneering picks up, swinging into 2016, we see how Democrats and Republicans are both playing with fire.
    Schumer voted for the Iraq war. He is voting for an Iran showdown. He will be the leader of the Democratic party in 2017! This is beyond belief.

  6. Just a post script. Jane Harman made a similar calculation when AIPAC and Israel assured her that if she scotched the investigation into the Rosen AIPAC spying case, Israel would see to it that she got the chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee. Only the the NSA release of her telephone conversation with Israeli spy’s, agreeing to this deal, prevented it. Harman though, believed the Jewish Lobby could deliver it. Of course it always helps if your Jewish husband owns Newsweek magazine.

  7. Schumer represents Israel, not the United States, or even New York. There’s no way he should be the national Democratic leader in the Senate; if 23 of the 44 DemSens pick him, I’ll never contribute to the party or the DSCC again.

    • Ergo, you won’t be contributing to the party, ever again—because it is “baked in” that Schumer becomes the next senate leader.

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