Rhode Island's two Democratic congressmen, David Cicilline and Jim Langevin, remain undecided on the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, even after President Obama secured enough US Senate support Wednesday to assure passage of the deal.
Cicilline's stance is of particular interest since he is among a small number of Jewish members of the US House.
According to spokesman Richard Luchette, "Congressman Cicilline continues to review the proposed P5+1 agreement with Iran. He has discussed the proposal extensively with President Obama and members of his administration, attended more than a dozen briefings with senior administration officials, participated in several hearings before the Foreign Affairs Committee, and continues to confer with various experts who have completed an analysis of the proposed terms of the agreement. As soon as this analysis and review is complete, Congressman Cicilline will promptly announce his decision."
Cicilline's office also released a letter to President Obama, dated August 31, in which Cicilline outlined some of his concerns about the Iran agreement, including whether additional resources will be allocated to monitor Iran's conduct.
Congress is expected to vote on a motion to disapprove the Iran deal when it returns later this month, but the mathematics of the vote show that President Obama has landed enough backing to make the agreement a reality.
Nonetheless, Congressman Jim Langevin's spokeswoman, Meg Geoghegan, said Langevin remains undecided on the Iran deal.
"This is one of the most significant votes he will take during his tenure in Congress – he puts it level with his vote on the Iraq War, which he ultimately voted against," Geoghegan said in a statement. "On the Iran deal, the Congressman wants to exhaust every opportunity to listen to constituents, meet with groups on both sides of the issue and review the agreement in advance of Congressional action this month. I do not expect he will make a decision before returning to Washington, where he will have the opportunity for additional briefings and the chance to review the classified portions again."
Groups for and against the Iran deal have encouraged Rhode Islanders to make their stances known to Langevin and Cicilline.