Sherman Oaks Rep. Brad Sherman is the latest congressional Democrat to come out against President Barack Obama’s recently negotiated nuclear deal with Iran.
Sherman, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Friday that he will vote against the deal, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Sherman joins Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, who voiced his opposition to the deal on Thursday. Schumer is widely expected to be the Democrats’ next Senate leader.
“In 15 years or less, Iran is permitted to have an unlimited quantity of centrifuges of unlimited quality,” Sherman said in statement Friday “… we must force modifications of the agreement, and extensions of its nuclear restrictions, before it gets ugly.”
The deal negotiated by the United States, Iran and five other nations restricts Iran’s ability to build a nuclear weapon while lifting economic sanctions against the Middle Eastern country.
Republicans have blasted the deal as dangerous and naïve, and say it threatens Israel’s security. Most Democrats have signaled support, including California’s two Democratic senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, according to the Times.
Congress has until Sept. 17 to accept or reject the deal or take no action. Should Congress pass a resolution rejecting the deal, defections by too many Democrats could be problematic for Obama’s efforts to sustain a veto.
—City News Service