"Believe me, we are all skeptical," Kerry told members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. "But we now have the best chance we've ever had" to negotiate with Iran, USA Today reports.
"We're asking you to give our negotiators and our experts the time and the space to do their jobs," Kerry added. That means "to hold off with new sanctions while we negotiate. I'm not saying never. I'm just saying not right now."
House Foreign Affairs Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., said he has "serious concerns" about the agreement. But Republicans aren't the only ones opposed to the president's plan. Rep. Juan Vargas, D-Calif., explained that while he was a fan of Kerry and once thought he'd would make a good president, the administration's negotiated deal with Iran was "naive" and would not ultimately keep America and her allies safe.