Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks at a press conference with Comedian Amy Schumer calling for tighter gun laws in an effort to stop mass shootings and gun violence on August 3, 2015 in New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP
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New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat and next-in-line party leader, said he is breaking with President Barack Obama and will oppose the Iran nuclear deal.Schumer, a leading Jewish Democrat, is the first senator of Obama's party to step forward to oppose the deal.Schumer informed the White House of his decision Thursday afternoon.Schumer's decision also puts him at odds with the Democrats' likely presidential nominee, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has cautiously embraced the deal.The administration, which has lobbied intensely for the pact, had secured the backing of more than a dozen Senate Democrats and more than two dozen House Democrats, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Schumer signaled that he wouldn't lobby hard against the accord.
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