Two Nebraska Congressmen have decided to vote against the nuclear agreement with Iran.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, a Republican, says he cannot vote for the nuclear deal with Iran
“I will not support the deal. I cannot in good conscience give it my full ascent,” Fortenberry tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Fortenberry says he needed time to read the deal along with documentation supplied by the Obama Administration. He also needed time to deliberate on it. Fortenberry says there is a risk both in approving the agreement and rejecting it.
It was a difficult decision for Fortenberry.
“You use the word ‘was’ a difficult decision, I’ll say it ‘is’ a difficult decision,” Fortenberry says. “It is an on-going difficult decision. There are real trade-offs here.”
Fortenberry says he’s “deeply disturbed” by 11th hour amendments to the deal which would lift the arms embargo and the ballistic missile technology ban against Iran.
Congressman Brad Ashford, a Democrat, has also turned against the deal.
“I wouldn’t vote for the measure as it is,” Ashford tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Ashford says a vote against the deal shouldn’t necessarily be seen as a negative.
“It’s not a bad thing to say to the president this deal’s not good enough. The key is what do you do after you do that?”
Ashford says Congress and the president need to regroup on American policy toward Iran. Though the rhetoric on the Iran deal has ratcheted up the last couple of weeks, Ashford still sees opportunity for the White House and Congress to regroup and come together in their approach to Iran.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]