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Aug 27, 2015

Democrats confident Iran deal will survive in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats are confident they will have enough votes to protect the Iran nuclear deal in the U.S. Congress, but they face an uphill task to avoid President Barack Obama having to use his veto power to ensure the agreement’s survival.

“We’re getting close,” said Senator Richard Durbin, who as Minority Whip is the Democrats’ chief vote counter in the Senate, referring to the 34 Senate votes needed to sustain an Obama veto if Congress initially rejects the deal.

Aug 7, 2015

U.S. Democrats say Iran deal will survive despite Congress setback

WASHINGTON, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Democrats said on Friday that
they would have enough votes to ensure that the U.S.-led
international nuclear deal with Iran survives review by
Congress, despite influential Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer
saying he would vote against it.

A spokesman for Senator Dick Durbin, who counts Democratic
votes as the Senate’s minority whip and who supports the deal,
said Democrats were still confident they could rebuff Republican
attempts to sink the agreement in a showdown next month.

Aug 7, 2015

Blows for Obama as key lawmakers come out against Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s hopes of preserving the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers were set back on Thursday when Chuck Schumer, one of the top Democrats in the U.S. Senate, said he would the oppose the agreement.

Schumer’s opposition, announced in a lengthy statement, could pave the way for more of Obama’s fellow Democrats to come out against the nuclear pact announced on July 1 between the United States, five other world powers and Iran.

Aug 5, 2015

U.S. officials assure Congress on Iran sanctions ‘snapbacks’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Obama administration officials told lawmakers on Wednesday that sanctions relief under the Iran nuclear deal will not be allowed to be used to bankroll terrorism and said the sanctions can be “snapped back” quickly if Tehran violates the agreement.

The White House is conducting a lobbying blitz to convince Congress to back the agreement announced on July 14 between the United States, five other world powers and Iran. Lawmakers have until Sept. 17 to decide whether to reject the deal.

Aug 4, 2015

U.S. House to vote on Iran deal disapproval resolution

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote on legislation to disapprove of the nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran when lawmakers return to Washington in September, party leaders said on Tuesday.

“This deal gives up too much, too fast, to a terrorist state – making the world less safe, less secure, and less stable,” said Representative Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, who introduced the disapproval resolution.

Aug 4, 2015

Lawmakers will vote on Iran deal disapproval resolution

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Representative Ed Royce, the chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, on Tuesday introduced legislation to disapprove of the nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran.

Under the Iran Nuclear Review Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law in May, the Republican-led Congress has until Sept. 17 to approve or disapprove of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers announced on July 14.

Aug 4, 2015

U.S. lawmakers will vote on Iran deal disapproval resolution

WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Representative
Ed Royce, the chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign
Affairs Committee, on Tuesday introduced legislation to
disapprove of the nuclear agreement between world powers and
Iran.

Under the Iran Nuclear Review Act, which President Barack
Obama signed into law in May, the Republican-led Congress has
until Sept. 17 to approve or disapprove of the nuclear deal
between Iran and world powers announced on July 14.

Aug 4, 2015

U.S. Senate takes up cybersecurity bill this week

WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will consider
a cybersecurity bill this week that would make it easier for
corporations share Americans’ personal information with each
other or the government, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
said on Tuesday.

“I urge the Senate to allow us to act and pass it this
week,” he said, urging lawmakers to allow a vote on the bill
before leaving for a four-week recess at the end of the week.

Aug 2, 2015

U.S. Democrats see ‘fire wall’ holding to preserve Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. backers of the Iran nuclear deal are increasingly confident of enough Democratic support to ensure it survives review by Congress, despite fierce opposition by majority Republicans and a massive lobbying drive.

    By the time the House of Representatives recessed for the summer last week, no senior Democrat in the chamber had come out formally against the agreement and several central figures, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, were strongly in favor.

Jul 28, 2015

Kerry warns U.S. Congress scrapping Iran deal would mean path to nuclear weapon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry told U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday he wanted to set the record straight on the Iran nuclear deal and equated walking away from the agreement to giving Tehran a fast track to a nuclear weapon.

“There are conclusions that have been drawn that don’t in fact match with the reality of what this deal sets forth. And we happily look forward to clarifying that during the course of this hearing,” Kerry told the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee.

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      "Patricia Zengerle covers foreign policy and national security on Capitol Hill for Reuters. She recently covered the 2012 campaign and the White House and had been an editor in Washington, D.C., an editor in London, and a correspondent in Miami, Pittsburgh and New York. You can follow her on Twitter @ReutersZengerle"
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