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August 7, 2015 11:38 am

Schumer Pledges Vote to Override Obama Veto of Legislation Opposing Iran Nuclear Deal

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President Obama and Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer. Photo: Pete Souza/White House.

President Obama and Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer. Photo: Pete Souza/White House.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer escalated his confrontation with President Obama over the Iran nuclear deal on Friday by promising a vote to override an expected Presidential veto of congressional legislation seeking to block the agreement.

“Yes, the Senator would be prepared to vote to override a Presidential veto of the bill,” a representative from the leading Democrat’s office told The Algemeiner.

Schumer’s pledge comes soon after announcing his opposition to the deal late Thursday night in a lengthy and detailed critique of the controversial agreement.

On Thursday, Schumer summed up his decision saying it was guided by his belief that “Iran will not change” and therefore, under the agreement, the country “will be able to achieve its dual goals of eliminating sanctions while ultimately retaining its nuclear and non-nuclear power.”

Asked if he would work to lobby other senators and members of Congress to oppose the deal, the third highest ranking Democrat claimed that his influence was limited.

“There are some who believe that I can force my colleagues to vote my way,” he said. “While I will certainly share my view and try to persuade them that the vote to disapprove is the right one, in my experience with matters of conscience and great consequence like this, each member ultimately comes to their own conclusion.”

While Schumer’s stance has been widely praised by opponents of the Iran agreement, some were more skeptical of the Senator’s intent and suggested that behind-the-scenes deal-making had influenced his decision.

“If Schumer does, in fact, come out against the deal, it might mean that the future Dem leader understands that Obama’s victory is secure,” tweeted The Atlantic columnist Jeffrey Goldberg.

Since the Iran deal was announced on July 14, President Obama has made it clear that he would veto any legislative effort to stifle the agreement through the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which grants Congress 60 days to approve or reject the deal. Opponents of the deal have been working hard to secure a veto-proof majority in the House and Senate, and many consider Schumer’s stance to be crucial to their success.

Earlier on Thursday, Schumer’s colleague Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her support for the deal while calling it “imperfect,” and New York Congressman Eliot Engel voiced his opposition.

Many Jewish groups in the U.S. have been actively lobbying against the deal, saying it threatens the United States and puts Israel in unacceptable danger.

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  • this president should leave office he is not belong there I have said that 7 years ago he is one of them remember what i am saying know ck how much money the ARABS deposit in Switzerland secretly.
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  • Robert.Weintraub

    Thirteen Democratic Senators are needed to override the Iran nuclear agreement. That assumes that all Republican Senators will vote to override. Likely but not a certainty. So far only two Democrats have announced their opposition to the agreement. It is disconcerting that Sen Gillibrand. a Schumer protégé, announced that she would vote in favor of the bill on the same day Sen Schumer announced that he was voting against it. If Schumer could not dissuade a protégé in opposition what chance is there that he would be able to dissuade any of the other Democrats.

  • Michael O’Connor

    This so called agreement with the Iranian animals is a NO BRAINER you cannot and must not let these iranian clerics get hold of a Nuclear weapon, the reasons are so clear and simple, when the Iranians on Friday prayers chant Death to America along with wiping Israel off the world map, thats a no brainer that’s why this agreement MUST be put through the shredder and Obama’s veto fails,we must face the future without FEAR of Iran or any other country for that matter.

  • V. Gates

    I’ve known Gillibrand to be an idiot from the beginning. I remember when she claimed to feel terribly abused because a male colleague dared to comment on her appearance after her pregnancy. What a wimp. As a typical brainless liberal, she manages to get every single issue wrong.

    In this instance, the consequences of allowing the disastrous Iran deal-with-the-devil to go through would be deadly. A lot worse, even, than having a male colleague comment in a friendly manner on your looks.

    Wake up, Kirsten; get a brain and a spine–or get out of politics.


    Sen. Schumer has to REALLY step up to the plate. He’s almost there, but not quite.

  • Mickey Oberman

    It is times like these that turn some ordinary mortals into courageous, clear thinking heros.

  • Kris Kristian

    Obama is a dictator, who dose not see the danger that he has put the US, and Israel, as well as the entire world,
    By going against this deal, saves the world from WW3, as well as Islam.

    Obama is a mUslim and will do anything to harm the Jewish state.

  • Robert Davis

    obanana is a fanatical enemy of Israel and the US and wants at all cost a nuclear iran to oppose Israel’s military edge to start with. The rest is all LIES and obanana knows perfectly it is worse than “imperfect” it is simply a FOLLY, a suicide for the free world which will have to confront iran hopefully BEFORE it can have the nukes which are 100% a gift, a CONTRIBUTION by obanana. This is part of obanana’s strategy to weaken and possibly destroy even at a later stage both the US and Israel HE HATES. LET US NOT MAKE HIM SUCCEED.

  • Kathleen foster

    this “deal” is no deal at all When one side gets everything they want and the other side gets nothing that’s hardly a deal. Please do everything possible to make sure this does not pass. Obama has got to either A) be delusional or B) trying to his utmost to side with Iran He definitely does not have the safety and security of the USA or the world as a goal.

  • Michael Mayben

    I don’t believe any Democrat and a large majority of Republicans are say they will vote against tha Iran Deal but backstab America and Israel by making closed door deals to feather their nest. American voters will make an all out push to see those Congressal Members who allow this bad deal to be approved will be on the voters “DO NOT RE-ELECT LIST” when they run for re-election!

  • Douglas Brown

    But Schumer must hold fast, and refuse to allow Obama’s bully-boy squad to push him around. Go Chuck!

  • Marco Redwolf

    Total Nonsense.. Schumer is the best vote counter in the Senate. He knows that the deal is done and will not be overridden. OF COURSE he would claim that ” His influence was limited” because he is a Court Jew, this is not an act of defiance it is a charade meant to get the REAL supporters of Israel off his back and preserve their votes. . Anyone who thinks Schumer put principle over politics please call me. I have a bridge to sell to you.

  • When push came to shove Guest what Won ? Loyalty to the Tribe and not the Country that you in, Disgracefully, Americans will be killed in a future War in the Mideast , because of these Zionist Traitors in the US Government.

  • nelson marans

    With the most recent inflammatory statement by John Kerry in an interview by Jeffrey Goldberg in the Atlantic Magazine, the secretary of state warns the Congress not to reject the Iranian deal by stating “don’t screw the ayatollah”. As a corollary he could have said “screw Israel, Netanyahu and all members of Congress who vote against the Iranian accord,including Mike Schumer. Certainly not a way to win friends.

  • I applaud thiw stance so valiently stated. Iran is an agressive grup of moslems that want their believes are the right one. They will employ the money from the freedom of sanctions to rogue it to terrorist organization, SSI, Hamas, Hesbolla, Boko-haram, etc., etc…

  • Julian Clovelley

    Keep it simple

    If you are hungry and there is only chicken soup to eat – do you eat it or starve?

    If you complain you want something else do you just keep on complaining or actually make something else?

    All I see in this is a group sulking because they don’t want chicken soup – but instead of creating an alternative they insult the cook

    Is it any wonder the world scratches its head when it looks at these people/ It is the “air of entitlement” that offends most – the belief that they have an almost Divine Right to a different deal without doing anything to create a alternative

    (Because of course they can’t – all they can do is SULK)

  • Samuel J. Savitz

    There were times when I questioned Schumer’s priorities and positions, but in this instance he has clearly won my respect. For a high ranking leader of the party to defect from the party position is an act of courage and an expression of voting one’s conscience, something so sorely absent in today’s politically polar environment.

  • Michael Fox

    President Obama has positioned his nuclear deal with Iran in such a way that it overrides a foundational principle of American democracy. Majority rule in congress is eliminated. Majority opinion of Americans is not a consideration. This is pure Obamaism. The President is holding his party hostage and with exception of a number of brave Democrats who see the immanent danger this deal poses to America, the sheep are choosing to tow the political line. They are choosing to protect careers over country. Voters need to be aware in the next election cycle of just who these traitors are.

  • Samuel J. Savitz

    There were times when I questioned Senator Schumer’s priorities and positions, but in this instance he has clearly won my respect. For a high ranking leader of the party to defect from the party position is a courageous act and an expression of voting one’s conscience, something so sorely absent in today’s politically polar environment.

  • barbara paolucci

    Schumer states in the piece above that he can not persuade his fellow democratic/leftist senators to vote his way – if that’s the case, he should not be the speaker.

    He can sway them, they’ve all been silent on this until now after he spoke announcing that he would vote no.

    Keep the pressure on!

  • Barbara Paolucci

    I hope this means he will get a majority that makes the first vote veto proof. Anything less is not acceptable. New Yorkers have been putting pressure on Schumer, he’s up for re-election next year. It would be a great idea to let him know that you want a veto proof vote the first time around.

  • Robert

    Schumer is a disingenuous, political hack. He votes no only because he knows there will not be enough votes to override an Obama veto. He claims that he cannot influence other democrats and that is untrue. He is desperate to be the new democrat leader when HONEST Harry steps down.

  • Howard Kahan

    Will wonders never cease! I would have bet a quid or two against this happening. I eat my prior words. I just finished the article. If Jeff Goldberg is right, then Schumer is a bigger p…k than I thought.

  • Jeff Saddlemire

    New York Senator Chuck Schumer has surprised me, he does care about his soul more than his political position.

    • Jeff Saddlemire

      My spell check changed the word “surprised” to “suppressed”. Please correct.

  • Sarah Olsen

    Thank you Senator Schumer for opposing the Iran deal. We will not forget this decision!

  • Reform School

    Threatens the United States? D-Uh-h-h-h!

    Progressivism threatened the United States long before most Americans had ever heard of Barack Hussein Obama

  • Gerald C. Grosslicht

    It’s about time that Senator Schumer saw the light. Hopefully it isn’t too late.
    The world is getting more dangerous every year. Giving Iran the opportunity to eventually get nuclear missiles will put a lot of countries at risk including America.
    I am totally at a loss as to why the powers that be, in America’s
    government, cannot, or care to see the danger.

  • Francis Figliola

    This can only be believed on the day he does it!

  • The TRAITOR Obama will soon be history…

  • Ben Kramer

    Obama does not need Schumer to be part of the firewall. He has enough votes to get this through. The deal is done.