Obama Gains Senate Votes To Uphold Iran Deal

| by Ethan Brown

President Barack Obama received support from three more Democratic senators on the Iran deal on Sept. 8, bringing the total number to 41 and enough to block a Republican resolution to disapprove the deal.

Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Gary Peters of Michigan and Ron Wyden of Oregon all announced their support for the deal. Before Sept. 8, 38 other Democrats announced their support for the controversial nuclear deal with Iran.

With 41 senators now supporting the White House, Republicans will not have the required 60 votes that could have been used to force an up-or-down vote on the deal, Bloomberg News noted.

Democratic Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, who is retiring at the end of his current term, said he will mandate that 60 votes be required for a GOP-led effort to block the legislation.

“There is no precedent in recent history for an issue of this magnitude getting consideration in the Senate without having to secure 60 votes,” Reid said during a speech at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.

Peters expressed some dissatisfaction with the deal, but nevertheless supported the president.

“Despite my serious reservations, I will reluctantly vote against a motion of disapproval because I believe that doing so will protect the credibility of the United States to hold Iran accountable to adhere to every single obligation,” Peters said in a statement.

Two more Democrats, Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Ben Cardin of Maryland, announced their disapproval of the agreement. They join New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez as the four Democrats to disapprove the deal.

“I do not believe that supporting this deal will prevent Iran from eventually acquiring a nuclear weapon or continuing to be a leading sponsor of terrorism against Americans and our allies around the world,” Manchin said.

Reid criticized Manchin’s actions, saying that the West Virginia Democrat “flopped around” on his decision “a few times.”

Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine have yet to announce their decisions.

Sources: CNN, Bloomberg News / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons/Jorge Gallo