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Sep 9, 2015

Republican dispute delays Congress vote on Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A rebellion by conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives on Wednesday delayed the first congressional vote on the nuclear agreement with Iran and raised the possibility that lawmakers might never vote on a resolution disapproving of the pact.

The House was supposed to vote on a procedural motion to begin debate on Wednesday, but it was put off after some Republicans said they wanted to push President Barack Obama to provide more information about the deal.

Sep 9, 2015

Obama musters more Senate votes for Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday secured 42 votes in the U.S. Senate for the international nuclear deal with Iran, more than enough to keep Congress from passing a resolution disapproving of the pact.

Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal, Gary Peters, Ron Wyden and Maria Cantwell announced they would support the agreement, just as lawmakers returned to Washington from a month-long summer recess.

Sep 8, 2015

US Congress returns to battle over Iran as top Democrat defends nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic leader in the U.S. Senate, issued a ringing defense of the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, saying the agreement would survive the high stakes review by Congress.

“There is no such thing as a better deal. There is no plausible alternative. There is no better deal,” Reid said in a speech at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as lawmakers returned to Washington from a summer break to begin a high-stakes debate on a resolution disapproving the Iran deal.

Sep 7, 2015

Factbox: Tough talk expected as U.S. Congress debates Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers will begin a high-stakes debate on a resolution disapproving the Iran nuclear deal when they return from a summer recess on Tuesday, ready to resolve an issue that stirred a passionate partisan division in Washington.

Although there is strong support for the resolution in the Republican-controlled Congress, President Barack Obama has said he will veto it and appears to have the Democratic votes needed to sustain the veto, ensuring the nuclear deal survives.

Sep 4, 2015

Key lawmaker opposes Iran nuclear deal in blow to Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin said on Friday he would vote against the nuclear agreement with Iran, lessening the chances that President Barack Obama can win enough votes to avoid having to use his veto power to protect the international agreement.

“This is a close call, but after a lengthy review, I will vote to disapprove the deal,” Cardin, the top Democrat on the influential Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in an opinion column to be published in The Washington Post.

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.

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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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