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Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey (D)

By mid-afternoon on Tuesday, Sept. 1, three members of the U.S. House of Representatives announced they were supporting the Nuclear Iran Deal. As the afternoon wore on, word came that first Senator Bob Casey (D) of Pennsylvania, and then, to close out the afternoon, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) also came out in favor of the agreement.

The three members of the House of Representatives who said they will support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action are Rep.s Patrick Murphy (D-FL-18), Bobby Rush (D-IL-01) and Adam Smith (D-WA-09). None of these were real surprises.

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But people were quite hopeful that Casey might swim against the tide. In fact, his statement announcing his support went on for 17 pages.

Casey, like so many other politicians who say they will vote to support the deal, admits that the chances of Iran cheating are significant. He began his analysis with this understanding.

So why support it?

Casey weaves a tale punctuated by “there is no alternative,” and “our allies have decided this is the best deal.” He also cites the letter from 36 U.S. military officials endorsing it (ignoring the letter from more than 200 retired officers opposing it) and mentioned that certain Israeli military leaders support it (ignoring the universal opposition to the deal across the Israeli political spectrum, including its defense department.)

Casey concluded his statement strongly endorsing the need for the U.S. to ensure Iran understands the U.S. will take military action if Iran attempts to develop a nuclear weapon, and stating that the U.S. should aggressively work to curtail Iran’s destabilization of the region through its terror proxies and direct participation in terrorism.

His constituents should watch to see whether Casey does anything to make this happen, because it is doubtful this administration will do any such thing.

Coons told the Washington Post that he was still undecided as recently as ten days ago. But he called Vice President Joe Biden, whose Senate seat Coons now holds, and that conversation finally convinced him to support the deal.

The White House now has 32 Senators who have announced support for the agreement. It only needs one more Democrat to ensure that any congressional effort to defeat his veto of legislation opposing the deal, should he need one, will fail.

And as the numbers increase, the White House is surely beginning to hold out hope that its supporters in Congress will be able to filibuster and thereby prevent any vote against the agreement at all. Senate supporters would need 41 votes to achieve that.

Eleven Senate Democrats have still not revealed how they will vote. Opponents of the deal need each one to go their way or the agreement will be approved.

The remaining fence-sitting senators to watch include Ben Cardin of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, who is up for re-election in the fall, as is Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, and New Jersey’s Cory Booker.

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42 COMMENTS

  1. Call it fate! Call it destiny! Iran will get the deal. Israel will have no choice but to bomb the hell out of iran. And WW111 will happen between now and 2020. So everyone, just go about your daily lives and enjoy! What’s been pre-destined cannot be changed.

  2. “’For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, for I myself will help you,’ declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 41:13-14 Amen!!!

  3. What hypocrisy from this termagent. The only reason to oppose a deal that will keep Iran a non-nuclear power for the next 15 years, as compared with Iran becoming one in a few months barring a war, is that it makes Obama look good. The extreme right can't abide ANYTHING that would cast Obama in a favorable light.

  4. To get to be a politician, IMHO, you have to be past the stage of naivete. You have to know what corruption is and how to compromise your principles to get party support, how to take money from people you don’t agree with and be beholden to them for favors whether you agree with them or not. Politics is the dirtiest game around! It’s almost impossible for an honest politician to win. The Iranian American Pac gave plenty of money to many of the Democrats who supported the Iran Deal.

  5. Senate Democrats who are a “yes” (33 of 34 needed to sustain a potential veto):

    Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin

    Barbara Boxer, California

    Sherrod Brown, Ohio

    Chris Coons, Delaware

    Joe Donnelly, Indiana

    Dick Durbin, Illinois

    Tom Carper, Delaware

    Bob Casey, Pennsylvania

    Dianne Feinstein, California

    Al Franken, Minnesota

    Kirsten Gillibrand, New York

    Martin Henrich, New Mexico

    Mazie Hirono, Hawaii

    Tim Kaine, Virginia

    Angus King, Maine (Independent but caucuses with Democrats)

    Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota

    Patrick Leahy, Vermont

    Edward Markey, Massachusetts

    Jeff Merkley, Oregon

    Claire McCaskill, Missouri

    Chris Murphy, Connecticut

    Patty Murray, Washington

    Bill Nelson, Florida

    Jack Reed, Rhode Island

    Harry Reid, Nevada

    Bernie Sanders, Vermont (Independent but caucuses with Democrats)

    Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire

    Brian Schatz, Hawaii

    Debbie Stabenow, Michigan

    Jon Tester, Montana

    Tom Udall, New Mexico

    Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts

    Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island

    and now you can add Mikulski of Maryland

  6. I hope the people in their States are prepared to take them out of office next year. They are either fools or buy Obama’s BS. That there will be war. If it isnt passed. Iran is Not ready for war yet ! They will be however when the deal is signed. The only thing holding them back are the Sanctions and Money. !!!That is the only security we have !!!

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