Iran Deal: Susan Davis On Fence In Face of Growing Opposition

Susan Davis with Pelosi (Chip Somodevilla / Getty)
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Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) remains on the fence when it comes to her vote on the Iran Deal despite opposition from fellow Democrats Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA) and influential Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).

A spokesperson for Davis has confirmed to Breitbart News that Davis is unchanged in her position of “undecided.”

Davis, like Schumer, put forth parameters that would make up an acceptable deal. She joined with neighboring San Diego delegation Representatives Juan Vargas (D-CA) and Scott Peters (D-CA) in putting forth their requirements in an early July op-ed for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Those requirements included: allowing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to suspected nuclear sites and not based on trust, cut off any path for Iran to a nuclear weapon beyond 10 years, sufficient dismantling of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, and exercise of caution in easing the international community’s economic sanctions on Iran. Requirements include that sanctions relief should be only in turn with Iranian compliance to terms of the deal.

Since then Vargas has come out strongly against the deal put together between the P5+1 (United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany) and Iran. He harshly rebuked the idea that Iran would honor the deal given recent large crowds in Iran chanting “death to America.” He asserted that the deal would lead to an arms race in the Middle East and leaves a path to “nuclear threshold status” for “the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.”

Vargas went further than simply stating he would vote against the deal. He called for widespread opposition, “This is not a partisan issue. This is an issue of our national security, and the security of our allies and I urge my colleagues to join me in opposing this deal.”

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) has also announced opposition to the deal that he warns allows, “terrorism with impunity.”

President Barack Obama has been called out for asserting only two options in nuclear deal negotiations with Iran: deal or war.

Sen. Schumer is one of those suggesting there is rather a third option. “Better to keep U.S. sanctions in place, strengthen them, enforce secondary sanctions on other nations, and pursue the hard-trodden path of diplomacy once more, difficult as it may be.”

Rep. Peters also remained undecided as of early August despite calls from a 2016 Republican challenger to his position calling him to oppose the deal. Marine Corps combat veteran Jacquie Atkinson charged Peters, “to show some integrity and backbone and vote against this deal.”

With Schumer’s significant opposition, growing congressional opposition and Vargas calling his colleagues to join him in voting against the deal, the heat is on for elected officials like Davis to choose to oppose the Iranian nuclear deal.

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