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August 4, 2015 5:58 pm

New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey Joins Democrats Opposing Iran Nuclear Deal

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U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) speaks at the annual Legislative Breakfast of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York on Sunday. Photo: Maxine Dovere.

U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY). Photo: Maxine Dovere.

Rep. Nita M. Lowey became the latest Democratic lawmaker to announce opposition to the Iran nuclear deal pursued by the Obama administration, bringing the prospect of a congressional rejection one seat closer to fruition.

Lowey said the risks posed by the deal were too high for its safeguards to handle. She warned that lifting sanctions on ballistic missiles and conventional weapons would boost Iranian support for terrorism and spawn a regional arms race; some have warned that Gulf countries would scramble to obtain a nuclear weapon if Iran cheats on the deal.

The New York Democrat cautioned that Iran has become more anti-American, anti-Israel and antisemitic since the leaders of the Islamic revolution severed ties with the U.S. in 1980 and has refused to address international nuclear inspectors’ concerns it was working to assemble a nuclear warhead, which many believe could be launched at Israel, Europe or even the U.S. with the ballistic missiles Iran would be allowed to produce en masse with the lifting of the arms embargo.

Additionally, Lowey said the agreement failed to guarantee the fullest international action to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon: diplomatic, economic, military.

Despite Lowey’s rejection, many predict enough Democrats will be able to uphold the Obama administration’s Iran deal, though many lawmakers have yet to announce their positions.

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  • Judy levy

    Thank you for standing up for what is right and for representing all your many anti nuclear deal constituents. You are a true representative of your people!!!

  • Donna Slotnick

    Thank you Nita
    For opposing a deal with Iran.
    Donna and Barry Slotnick

  • Mike

    Those politicians who have confusion on which government they owe elegance will need to find new work. Decisions made now supporting an unrealistic argument, will label them and that record will poison presidential hopefuls.

  • Constituent

    Why doesn’t Nita Lowey oppose funding for the organ-harvesters at Planned Parenthood?


    • Concerned American

      Why doesn’t she oppose Planned Parenthood?? News flash– if Iran acquires a nuclear weapon (which this deal facilitates), nothing, actually nothing, will matter concerning any domestic policy, Planned Parenthood or otherwise, because we will have been launched into a nuclear Holocaust, so how about we focus on the task and hand and we can take your issue with every corrupt politician and PAC that funds them after we’ve prevented the number one world state sponsor of terror from getting the most dangerous weapon known to mankind? Thanks. Bye.

  • Robert karush

    agree deal is very bad for Israel and U.S.
    Iran can’t be trusted by their own statements.
    Thank you for making the tight decision.

  • ART

    Thank you Nita!! If Sen. Schumer finally sees the light there will be real hope to get a stronger treaty and to protect the authority of Congress

  • Valery

    it is a great folly. Opposition Agreement – the green light war

  • albert kleerekooper