Senator Says Congress' Work on Iran Will Continue After Deal Vote

Sen. Bob Casey said Congress’ work on the Iran nuclear deal was far from over.

“The agreement will be moving forward. In some ways that’s when our work just begins,” Casey said in a phone interview.

The senior senator from Pennsylvania became on Tuesday the 32nd Democratic senator to support the deal, writing a lengthy memo that explained his decision-making process but also laid out his concerns, including the belief that the Obama administration should use more direct language in explaining the consequences if Iran violates portions of the deal.

“The language that’s been repeated month after month after month – 'All options are on the table' – is not enough in my judgment,” he said.

“We have to do something about the fact that Iran with limited dollars can do a lot with asymmetric warfare – they do that better than any country in that region and we have to make sure that other countries in the region are using the same strategies and methods to counter Iran,” he said.

Casey is among the members of both houses that have begun talking about what else needs to be done after the deal is in place to keep up the pressure on Iran.

“Not any one person or group of people could persuade me. I had to persuade myself,” he said.