By Fred Fleitz
President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran took a beating during congressional hearings last week when Congressmen from both parties asked tough questions about secret side deals, why the agreement lifts sanctions on Iranian terrorists, and whether $100 billion in sanctions relief will be used by Iran to fund terrorism and destabilize the Middle East. Several Congressmen contended the Obama administration got “fleeced” and “bamboozled” since they claimed the nuclear agreement will actually bolster Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
Democratic members who expressed serious reservations about the deal in the hearings included New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez and Reps. Eliot Engel of New York and Brad Sherman of California.
Over the last week, Congressmen Steve Israel, D-N.Y., Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., Albio Sires, D-N.J., Juan Vargas, D-Calif., Grace Meng, D-N.Y., and Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., expressed their opposition to the deal.
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer reportedly is leaning toward opposing. Delaware Sen. Chris Coons told Politico he is undecided but has serious reservations and said phone calls to his office are 10-1 against the deal.
Other Democrats opposing the Iran deal include former Sens. Joseph Lieberman, Evan Bayh, Mark Begich, and Mary Landrieu, and former Congressmen Gary Ackerman and Shelley Berkeley.
Polls show the American people have turned against the Iran deal. According to a Quinnipiac University poll, American voters oppose the agreement 57 to 28 percent, with only lukewarm support from Democrats and overwhelming opposition from Republicans and independent voters. A new CBS News poll found Americans oppose the deal 58 to 33 percent.
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