Report: DNC Chair Blocked pro-Iran Deal Resolution at Annual Party Summit

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who represents a heavily Jewish district in south Florida, has yet to adopt a position on the Iran deal.

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DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz at GA plenary in Denver, Colorado, November 7, 2011.Credit: Natasha Mozgovaya
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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz reportedly blocked a potential resolution praising President Barack Obama and the nuclear deal with Iran at the party's summer meeting.

The resolution draft was intented to put the party's support of the Iran deal on record prior to Congress' September vote on the controversial deal, according to a Washington Post report.

A party spokeswoman told the Post that procedural issues, not Wasserman Schultz's opposition, prevented the resolution from being considered. 

Wasserman Schultz, who represents a heavily Jewish district in south Florida, has yet to adopt a position on the deal.

Following the resolution draft's failure to be considered, James Zogby, co-chair of the Resolutions Committee, gathered signatures from a "sizable majortity" of the national committee's members in a letter backing the president and the Iran deal.

“We wanted to show support for the president,” Zogby told the Post. “We found that the best way to show support was a letter that members would sign on to, and the overwhelming majority of DNC members signed onto the letter. This is the President Obama we elected in 2008 who said, ‘I choose diplomacy over conflict,’ and he did it.”

Vice President Joe Biden, who has already lobbied Jewish leaders in support of the Iran deal, will travel to Wasserman Schultz's district next week to meet with Jewish leaders.

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