Rep. Susan Davis announced her support Wednesday for the anti-nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama administration with Iran.
“I am convinced that after an extensive number of discussions and reviewing materials, the Iran nuclear agreement creates a viable path to reducing Iran’s nuclear weapons capability now and for the future,” said Davis, who is a member of the influential House Armed Services Committee.
She added that she has lived in Israel and understands “the Iranian threat is not an abstract concern” but argued that if Congress strikes down the deal “the international sanctions that brought Iran to the negotiating table will likely crumble” and leave Iran close to making a bomb.
The agreement with Iran negotiated by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia and Germany ends economic sanctions against the Islamic republic in exchange for measures that prevent it from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
President Obama has argued that war is the only alternative to the deal, but it has drawn sharp criticism from Republican lawmakers and the state of Israel, and has divided the American Jewish community. Congress is expected to reject the deal, but would likely not have enough votes to override a presidential veto.
Among the other members of the San Diego Congressional delegation, Democrat Juan Vargas opposes the deal and Republicans Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter are expected to reject it as well. Rep. Scott Peters said Wednesday he is still considering the issue and expects to announce a position soon.
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