Another Florida Democrat, U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, has come out against the Iran nuclear deal.
“After careful review, I have decided that I cannot support this deal," Hastings said in an op/ed in the Palm Beach Post.
“The goal of the recently concluded negotiations was to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The negotiators worked diligently, but in the end, the JCPOA allows Iran to remain a nuclear threshold state while simultaneously reaping the benefits of relief from international sanctions.
“Under the JCPOA, Iran is limited to approximately 6,100 first-generation IR-1 centrifuges for a period of 10-15 years. However, after this time passes, Iran will again have the ability to pursue its nuclear program with more advanced centrifuges. Iran simply needs to be patient and it will once again have the ability to enrich uranium."
Last week, Rep. Ted Deutch of Boca Raton said he opposed the deal as well.
One to watch: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston. The DNC chairwoman is undecided and facing enormous pressure on both sides.
--ALEX LEARY, Tampa Bay Times