Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the U.S. Representative for New York's 12th congressional district, said Wednesday she will vote against President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.
"There are strong arguments for and against the agreement but, as a matter of conscience, I have decided to oppose it," Maloney said in a statement to the New York Daily News.
Maloney said she is "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 announced her decision just one day after a robust and spirited contingent, organized by the Stop Iran Coalition and the Jewish Rapid Response Coalition (JRRC), which coordinated the highly successful Stop Iran Rally in New York City's Times Square on July 22, gathered outside her offices in Manhattan, urging her to oppose the Iran Deal.
Among those who attended were Richard Allen of JCCWatch; Dr. Marvin and Miriam Belsky; Dr. Liz Berney,Esq., Queens/Long Island Executive Director ZOA; Dr. Paul Brody, Vice President, Jewish Political Education Foundation; NJ activist Dr. Paul Ferbank; Judy Freedman Kadish, co-Executive Director, Americans For A Safe Israel (AFSI); Janet Lehr, Publisher/Editor "Israel Lives"; NYC activist Joshua Levitt; NJ activist Buddy Macy; NY activist Judith Rosen; and Long Island/West Hampton/NYC activist Jeffrey Wiesenfeld.
They were there to counter a demonstration of left-wing extremists who were advocating that Rep. Maloney support the deal with Iran.
The next morning, Maloney stated that she would oppose the Iran deal, and many of the demonstrators feel that it was their act of protest that made the difference.
Most observers estimate that while House and Senate opponents could successfully pass a resolution of disapproval blocking Obama from lifting sanctions on Iran, it appears unlikely that they will garner the two-thirds of votes in both chambers needed to override Obama's veto of that measure.