Democratic Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia said on Sunday that he is leaning toward supporting the Iranian nuclear deal, because the alternative would be war, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
Speaking to CBS’ “Face the Nation”, Manchin said he had spoken to leaders in four of the five countries that negotiated the Iran nuclear deal, and if Congress rejects it, the U.S. will be on its own and faced with going to war against Iran.
The West Virginia senator is the latest Democrat to speak favorably of the agreement. Democrats have started lining up to support the pact as the Obama administration works to sell it to lawmakers, noted AP.
Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, last week urged her colleagues to back the nuclear agreement with Iran,
"As you may be aware, I believe that this agreement is a major accomplishment. I am pleased that the response thus far from House Democrats has been so positive," she said in a letter to colleagues, which came as congressional Republicans railed against a UN vote on the deal.
On the flip side, House Speaker John Boehner vowed to "do everything possible" to stop the deal between Iran and nuclear powers from being approved by Congress.
"While the president's Iran deal may have been applauded at the United Nations, I think he faces serious skepticism here at home," Boehner asserted.
"Members of Congress will ask much tougher questions this afternoon when we meet with the president's team, and because a bad deal threatens the security of the American people, we're going to do everything possible to stop it," he added.
A Republican Senator in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently made clear that American legislators are considering imposing further sanctions on Iran, despite the agreement.
President Barack Obama, however, has threatened recently to "veto any legislation" passed by Congress blocking the deal.
Secretary of State John Kerry argued the case on Capitol Hill last week. Congress has 60 days to review the agreement.