United States Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida has announced her support for President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran, the Miami Herald reported on Sunday.
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Rep. Wasserman Schultz, head of the Democratic National Committee, said in a statement that she had decided to support the controversial agreement despite concerns over aspects of it.
The statement was released exclusively to the Miami Herald, the paper said. The Congresswoman is expected to discuss her decision on TV later on Sunday.
“I have come to the conclusion that the agreement promotes the national security interests of the United States and our allies and merits my vote of support,” she wrote.
“This agreement is not perfect. But I join many in the belief that with complex, multilateral, nuclear non-proliferation negotiations with inherent geopolitical implications for the entire world, there is no such thing as a ‘perfect’ deal.”
Wasserman Schultz said that after speaking with experts, she had concluded that “regardless of whether the U.S. approves the agreement, the robust sanctions regime we have in place now will erode, if not completely fall apart,” because other nations won’t continue the sanctions.
Obama secured the deal’s passage last week, when the 34th senator, Barbara Mikulski from Maryland, agreed to support it. That gives Obama the votes needed to uphold a veto if Congress rejects the deal.
As Democratic National Committee chairwoman, Wasserman Schultz usually serves as a loyal cheerleader on behalf of Obama’s policies. Her decision could put her at odds with many Jewish voters who fear the agreement could hurt the United States or Israel.