Dem lawmaker to colleagues: Keep your 'powder dry' on Iran

Dem lawmaker to colleagues: Keep your 'powder dry' on Iran
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffJohnson: Whistleblower 'exposed things that didn't need to be exposed' Schiff knocks Mulvaney over failure to testify in impeachment probe Impeachment hearings likely to get worse for Republicans MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday suggested members of both parties in Congress hold off criticizing the Obama administration's push for a deal over Iran's nuclear program.


"I think it's appalling to interfere in a negotiation like this that the commander in chief is engaged in," Schiff said on "Fox News Sunday," referring to the open letter from 47 GOP senators addressed to Iran's leaders saying a deal would not hold after President Obama leaves office.

"I think that Democrats and Republicans, House and Senate members ought to keep their powder dry. Let's see whether there is a deal. Let's see what the terms of that deal are," Schiff said.

Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoCentrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda Eleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid GOP senators discuss impeachment with Trump after House vote MORE (R-Wyo.), the fourth-ranking Senate Republican, offered no indication on the same program that he regretted signing the letter.

"I think by signing that letter, we focused the attention where it should be, on the debate about ... Iran with a nuclear weapon," he said.

Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinOvernight Health Care: Democratic gains mark setback for Trump on Medicaid work requirements | Senate Dems give Warren 'Medicare for All' plan the cold shoulder | Judge strikes Trump rule on health care 'conscience' rights Democrats give Warren's 'Medicare for All' plan the cold shoulder Former NAACP president to run for Cummings's House seat MORE (D-Md.) agreed with Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryDeval Patrick's 2020 entry raises stakes in New Hamphire Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary MORE's assessment from Saturday that, "As far as we're concerned, Congress has no ability to change an executive agreement."

"We want this president to have the strength of the United States behind his negotiations," Cardin said, adding the letter "weakened the president's negotiations ability. That was wrong."

Still, Cardin said, "Congress is going to have to be engaged here."

Asked how much Obama's executive action impacted the debate, Barrasso said, "I think it played into it a lot. The American public is very concerned about this president. The sad truth is he does a very bad job on foreign relations."