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Reaction to Iran deal coming in; Republicans wary, Democrats skeptical

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool

Members of Congress from our area are weighing in on the deal with Iran. As you might expect, Republicans seem to oppose the deal — and, surprisingly perhaps, some Democrats seem skeptical.

We’ll update the comments as they come in.

Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Ks.: “The Administration has repeatedly said that no deal is better than a bad deal. Congress will now have the opportunity to hold it accountable. In approaching the review process, the main determining factor for approval must be whether or not this deal promotes and protects the national security interests of the United States and our allies in the region like Israel and Saudi Arabia. I look forward to properly reviewing the details of this deal, but do so with grave skepticism.”

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.: “Today’s announcement marks a dangerous step forward in the advancement of Iran’s illicit nuclear program and confirms that the president was desperate to get a deal with Iran, at any price.”

Jason Kander, Missouri Secretary of State and 2016 Senate candidate: “Any deal with Iran should stop the country from being able to get a nuclear weapon. I don't think this deal is the most effective way to ensure that happens, so I oppose it. The fairly artificial timelines put into place by the negotiators hurt our country's bargaining position and we ended up with a worse deal because of it.”

Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Ks.: “My initial reaction is this agreement has conceded too much and has not sufficiently reduced Iran’s nuclear capabilities. I am also disappointed the administration neglected to include the release of Americans held captive in Iran in this agreement.”

Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo.: “Iran has shown in the past that it cannot be trusted, and I am concerned about the security of the United States and our allies in the Middle East. I am glad Congress has the opportunity to review this agreement to ensure it will not permit Iran to attain a nuclear weapon.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.: “Preventing Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon is paramount to our national security, and if this agreement accomplishes that goal, it will make the world a safer place for America and our allies. I hope all of my colleagues will reserve judgement until they take the time to read the details of the agreement, and will avoid turning the product of these critical multi-nation negotiations into a needless partisan fight.”