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NIAC Action Welcomes Booker and Warner's Support for Iran Deal


NIAC Action Executive Director Jamal Abdi issued the following statement after Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) announced their support for the nuclear agreement with Iran:

"We commend Senator Booker and Senator Warner for supporting the Iran agreement. The significant Iranian-American populations in Virginia and New Jersey are grateful that their Senators will vote for peace.

"Clearly this was a tough decision for Senator Booker, especially with the intense and well-funded political pressure from opponents of the deal in New Jersey. But supporting the deal is the right decision for anyone who is serious about preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and preventing another war.

"Booker's decision is sound policy and the right one politically for any Democrat who may one day have national political aspirations. Just as Barack Obama's opposition to the Iraq war helped define his political trajectory, Democrats who stand firm in support of the Iran deal in spite of the political pressures of the moment are the ones who will define the party in the years to come.

"Now the test is whether Senate Democrats will hold firm in blocking a resolution of disapproval from moving forward. Passage of a resolution of disapproval, even if vetoed, would be damaging to U.S. interests and leadership. Senate Democrats should not merely depend on the President to bail them out from such a harmful action through his veto. They must demand that opponents of the deal be held to the same 60 vote standard on the Iran vote as on any other consequential Senate vote.

"The work for the agreement's supporters is not done. There are now 36 Senators supporting the deal. Five of the remaining nine undecided Senators will need to come out in support in order to have the 41 necessary to block disapproval. Nearly the entire Republican presidential field has pledged to nullify the agreement if they take the White House. The opposition is now hoping to set the stage for further efforts to undermine and eventually unravel the deal. Blocking the passage of a disapproval resolution will help close off that opening."

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 2002 to give voice to the Iranian-American community. From being the trusted voice on U.S.- Iran relations, to pushing forth legislation that protects individuals of Iranian heritage from systematic discrimination, to celebrating our cultural heritage, NIAC creates a lasting impact in the lives of the members of our community.

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