Both United States senators from Nebraska see opposition to the Iran nuclear deal growing despite intense lobbying for the deal by President Barack Obama.
The main pitch from President Obama has been it’s either this deal or war with Iran.
“That’s just not true. That’s false,” Sen. Deb Fischer tells Nebraska Radio Network. “There are many options out there. And to say, ‘If you don’t agree with me, then the United States is going to war.’ That is not true.”
The New York Times reports the president has been making telephone calls to Democratic members of Congress in an attempt to rally support for the deal.
The personal appeal by Obama comes in wake of a couple of key losses. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, in line to become the next leader of Senate Democrats, has come out against the deal. The ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Eliot Engel of New York, opposes the deal.
Congress is on its August break. Both Sens. Fischer and Ben Sasse have been touring the state, holding various listening posts with constituents.
Both have heard a lot from Nebraskans about the Iran deal.
In fact, Sasse says the Iran nuclear deal is one of the two biggest issues Nebraskans have raised during his various stops; concerns about the EPA being the other.
Sasse says opposition will grow as members of Congress learn more about it.
“I think the more you dig in to the substance of this deal, the more lawmakers are skeptical of what the administration is trying to do,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Sasse says the deal breaks 36 years of bipartisan commitment to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. He says it is well known that Iran maintains an illicit weapons program and funds terrorists around the world.
Congress returns to Washington next month with the Iran nuclear deal the biggest issue before it.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]