Poll shows increase in both Republican and Democratic opposition to Iran deal as thousands take to Times Square to protest it; Obama administration to defend agreement at Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.
Top Republicans vowed Wednesday to do their utmost to scrap President Barack Obama\’s nuclear deal with Iran as the biggest pro-Israel lobby prepared for an all-out campaign to pressure wary lawmakers into rejecting the agreement.
A bigger push against last week\’s historic accord in Vienna was being met with a counteroffensive by senior Obama administration officials, who have already spent hours on in-person and telephone briefings with members of Congress.
Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew briefed the entire House of Representatives and Senate in separate closed-door sessions on Wednesday and will defend the deal at a public Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Thursday.
As Congress opened a 60-day review of the deal, Republican US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner told reporters: "Because a bad deal threatens the security of the American people, we\’re going to do everything possible to stop it."
Obama insists that the Iran deal is the only alternative to more war in the Middle East.