On Tuesday, Boston.com reported that Sen. Ed Markey was one of four Massachusetts congressional delegates still undecided on whether to support the Iran nuclear deal. It now seems the Massachusetts junior senator has made up his mind.
Markey announced Wednesday that he was joining fellow Senate Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in support of the deal.
While Markey said he’s skeptical of Iran’s intentions and is a strong supporter of Israel, he ultimately concluded it was the “best tool to secure a nuclear weapon-free Iran.’’
“This agreement is far from perfect and carries risks. But I believe our negotiators achieved as much as they reasonably could, and that if strictly implemented, this plan can be effective,’’ Markey said in a press release. “As recently stated in an letter signed by 29 leading American nuclear scientists, including six Nobel laureates, this agreement contains ‘more stringent constraints than any previous negotiated nonproliferation framework.’’’
Markey’s full statements on the agreement are posted on his website.
The agreement, reached on July 14 by Iran and six world powers, limits Iran’s ability to enrich uranium for 15 years in exchange for the repeal of major international sanctions on the country. However, the sanctions snap back into place if, upon inspection, Iran is found to have violated their end of the deal. The New York Times has two succinct andhelpful guides on how the agreement works.
Congress will vote on the deal in mid-September, but the resolution will need a two-thirds majority in both houses if they vote against the deal to overturn a veto promised by President Barack Obama.
The Washington Post has an updating run-down of where every member of the Senate now stands. Republicans are expected to vote in unison against the deal. Based on the Post’s count, 25 Democrats now support the bill and six are “leaning yes.’’
Though two Democrats recently came out in opposition of the bill, only three of the 12 undecided Democrats are needed to vote “yes’’ to block Republicans from overturning Obama’s veto.
Here’s where the rest of the Massachusetts congressional delegation now stand on the Iran deal: