Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney Opposes Iran Nuclear Deal ‘As a Matter of Conscience’

Barack Obama and Carolyn Maloney in 2009
Barack Obama and Carolyn Maloney in 2009 / AP
• August 27, 2015 11:03 am


Another Democratic member of Congress declared opposition to the Iran nuclear agreement this week even as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) is furiously working the phones to sell the deal.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D., N.Y.) said that she will vote against the agreement "as a matter of conscience" in a statement Wednesday, according to the New York Daily News

"There are strong arguments for and against the agreement but, as a matter of conscience, I have decided to oppose it," Maloney explained.

The Democratic congresswoman described herself as "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."

Maloney joins 13 Democratic lawmakers in the House who have come out against the deal. Sens. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) and Bob Menendez (N.J.) have also notably voiced opposition to the agreement, inviting pushback from the White House.

"I have looked into my own soul and my devotion to principle may once again lead me to an unpopular course, but if Iran is to acquire a nuclear bomb, it will not have my name on it," Menendez explained in a major address last week.

Pelosi has been phoning Democratic House members who remain undecided on the deal during the August recess, invoking help from upwards of a dozen other Democrats to help sell President Obama’s championed nuclear agreement.

Nevertheless, a growing majority of Americans want Congress to reject the nuclear deal at the end of its 60-day review period.