Why I’m Supporting an Imperfect Iran Deal
Kirsten Gillibrand

I’m greatly disappointed in your decision. On the Iran vote, Members of Congress will vote based on one of four factors: (1)Whether they think the deal will stop Iran from becoming developing a nuclear weapons program. It is hard for me to believe anyone actually believes this deal will prevent Iran’s development of a nuclear weapons program. (2) Their values. Liberals are optimistic and hope with enough effort the deal could work, Conservatives believe that the deal must be ironclad to be accepted. (3) Their constituents’ opinions. Members of Congress are back in their districts listening to their constituents’ opinions on the Iran deal. If there is a clear majority to accept or reject, some members will base their vote on which way “the wind is blowing,” meaning which way their constituents are pushing. (4) Outside political considerations. Some members are susceptible to pressure from their party or donors. A Democrat faces tremendous pressure from the President and party to vote to accept the deal. I firmly believe anyone who has already decided to vote in support of the deal at this point is voting based on #2 (values) or #4 (outside pressure). Any member who goes back home for the August break and votes to accept, must’ve done so because of either #2 (Values), #3 (Constituents’ opinions) or #4 (Outside pressure).

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