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Rep. Maloney Becomes Seventh NY Democrat to Oppose Iran Nuclear Deal

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D – N.Y.), a twenty-two year veteran of Congress, will vote against the nuclear agreement with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney said Wednesday she will vote to block President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, following heavy pressure from foes and backers of the deal.

“I’m against it,” Maloney told the Daily News. …

Maloney shared her decision on a day that saw dueling demonstrations for and against the pact outside her Manhattan district office.

In a statement explaining her decision to oppose the deal, Maloney shared her concerns regarding the temporary nature of the restrictions it imposes on Iran’s nuclear program, the shortcomings of its inspections regime, its legitimization of Iran’s ballistic missile program, and the billions of dollars it releases to a country that finances terrorist organizations across the region.

This is an agreement with a nation that has not honored its non-proliferation commitments in the past. I am concerned that, even if Iran complies with the restraints spelled out throughout the life of the agreement, the deal does not block Iran from eventually acquiring nuclear weapons. It could also make the region even more dangerous by giving Iran access to financial resources, weapons and power.

Maloney is the sixth New York Democrat to announce her opposition to the JCPOA, joining Representatives Eliot Engel (D – N.Y.), Grace Meng (D – N.Y.), Kathleen Rice (D – N.Y.), Nita Lowey (D – N.Y.) and Steve Israel (D – N.Y.). Three weeks ago, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D – N.Y.) also came out against the agreement.

[Photo: Carolyn Maloney / YouTube ]