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Sep 3, 2015

Two more Senate Democrats back Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Support for the Iran nuclear deal rose in the U.S. Senate on Thursday when two more Democratic senators, Cory Booker and Mark Warner, came out in favor of the agreement.

Both, however, expressed reservations about the pact and said they would support efforts to keep a hard line on Iran.

Sep 3, 2015

Democratic U.S. Senator Booker backs Iran nuclear pact

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. Senator Cory Booker said on Thursday he would vote in favor of the nuclear agreement with Iran, calling the pact between world powers and Tehran “the better of two flawed options.”

Booker, who issued a statement explaining his position, brings to 35 the list of senators supporting the deal. All of them are President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats or independents who typically vote with them.

Sep 3, 2015

Obama scores policy win in securing votes for Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama scored a major foreign policy victory on Wednesday by securing enough Senate votes to protect the Iran nuclear deal in Congress, but Republicans pledged to keep up their fight against the pact with new sanctions on Tehran.

Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski said she would support the deal announced on July 14 between world powers and Iran, which exchanges relief on economic sanctions for Tehran’s agreeing to curtail its nuclear program.

Sep 2, 2015

U.S. Senator Mikulski gives Obama key vote to protect Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski said on Wednesday she will support the Iran nuclear deal, giving President Barack Obama the 34 Senate votes needed to sustain a veto of any congressional resolution disapproving the deal.

Thirty-two Senate Democrats and two independents who vote with the Democrats now back the agreement.

Sep 1, 2015

Iran nuclear deal backers near votes to protect pact in U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Supporters of the international agreement with Iran on its nuclear program moved within one vote of mustering enough support to protect the deal in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday when two more Democratic senators said they would support the pact.

Democratic Senators Bob Casey and Chris Coons, who have been known as Iran hard-liners, both said they backed the international agreement announced on July 14 between the United States, five other world powers and Tehran.

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.

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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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