Rubio ups pressure on Dems over Iran deal
Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioPessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire McConnell: Wearing a mask is 'single most significant thing' to fight pandemic McConnell goes hands-off on coronavirus relief bill MORE (R-Fla.) sought to increase pressure on Senate Democrats over Iran on Tuesday, suggesting they face a "stark choice" between supporting President Obama or the American people. 
"Senate Democrats face a stark choice when this deal comes before Congress for a vote in September," the Florida Republican said. "They can either stand with President Obama and allow this flawed ‎agreement to go through, or they can stand with a majority of the American people, our friend Israel and our moderate Arab allies in the region."
Rubio's comments come after the United Nations Security Council unanimously endorsed the long-term agreement on Iran's nuclear program. 
The move has drawn bipartisan backlash from Republicans and Democrats who remain skeptical of the Iran deal. Lawmakers have argued that allowing the U.N. to vote before Congress ignores the intent of a review bill overwhelmingly passed earlier this year. 
But the administration has defended the U.N. vote. Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryThe Memo: Biden faces balancing act Budowsky: Trump October surprise could devastate GOP Hillicon Valley: Democrats request counterintelligence briefing | New pressure for election funding | Republicans urge retaliation against Chinese hackers MORE told reporters on Monday that the administration "took paints to protect the prerogatives of Congress." 
"We actually got our colleagues in sovereign countries who have no obligation to the Congress to agree to accept 90 days of no implementation," he said.
But Rubio added on Tuesday that the vote "is a blatant circumvention" of Congress by Obama, adding that senators have yet to be briefed on the deal. 
Kerry and other top administration officials are expected to testify before Congress this week, as well as hold closed-door briefings.
Republican lawmakers have largely lined up against the deal, and Rubio suggested Tuesday that the deal "does not have congressional support."
“This is not America’s deal with Iran. It is Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden's immigration plan has serious problems Hearing for Twitter hack suspect Zoom-bombed by porn, rap music Read: Sally Yates testimony MORE’s deal with Iran, and it does not have congressional support," he said. "It is the duty of Congress to protect American security, not follow what President Obama has described as the ‘broad international consensus.’" 
Rubio and other 2016 presidential candidates have soundly rejected the agreement, and the Florida Republican added that it will be up to the next president to reimpose sanctions against Iran. 
"Any other message from U.S. leaders only serves to send the wrong message to Europe, Russia and China that Iran is open for business and that there will be no repercussions for reengaging this despicable regime," he added.