CNN: Senate Democrats Deliver Obama's Iran Nuclear Deal Support

Originally posted at CNN.

Democrats on Tuesday gave President Barack Obama the votes he needs to prevent the Senate from passing a measure disapproving of the Iran nuclear deal.

Reaching the threshold to filibuster means the President likely won’t need to veto the measure, even though opposition to the Iran deal enjoys majority support in the House and Senate.

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Michigan Sen. Gary Peters and Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden on Tuesday all announced in rapid fire succession they would support the deal, putting Obama at 41 votes of support in the Senate. By late Tuesday evening, Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell announced she would be the 42nd supportive Democrat, an extra buffer.

All Senate Democrats have now announced where they stand on the deal.

The Senate would need 60 votes to advance a measure rejecting the deal for a floor vote. If 41 of the Democrats who support the deal vote to filibuster, it would not reach a final vote in the Senate. Not all have pledged to do so, though they have pledged to vote with the President on the deal otherwise.

The four new Democrats’ support came as another member of the party announced his opposition to the Iran deal on Tuesday. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin made a total of four Democrats who came out against the deal.

“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 in the [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action],” Peters said in a statement.

“Having talked to the technical experts who will be involved with the implementation of this agreement, I have come to the conclusion that its many overlapping provisions will make it exceedingly difficult for the Iranians to build a nuclear weapon in the short term and will lengthen the time required should they choose to break their commitments and try to build one in the future,” Wyden said.

“While this is not the agreement I would have accepted at the negotiating table, it is better than no deal at all,” Blumenthal said.

Congress returns to Washington on Tuesday to begin a frenzied fall legislative session, which will include votes on the Iran deal before a Sept. 17 deadline.

Debate will begin in earnest on Wednesday, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is looking to ensure it has senators’ full attention. Hearings for the week have been canceled, and McConnell has asked all senators to be at their desks in the chamber as lawmakers debate the bill.

On Tuesday, the White House indicated it expects all the senators who have supported the deal to also vote to block the disapproval motion.

“We certainly would expect that those members of Congress who support the agreement to take the necessary steps in Congress to prevent Congress from undermining the agreement,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in the daily briefing.

Both sides have been increasing their lobbying efforts on the deal. On Wednesday, Republican presidential candidates including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and real estate mogul Donald Trump will headline an anti-Iran deal rally on Capitol Hill. And on Tuesday, former Vice President Dick Cheney delivered a fiery speech against the deal, calling it “madness.”

Opponents also circulated a letter from 15 governors on Tuesday voicing their opposition to the deal and pledging to keep state-level sanctions on Iran in place. All four of the current governors running for president signed, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Also on Wednesday, Democratic front-runner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will deliver her own speech on the Iran deal, where she’s expected to unequivocally support it.

As Obama’s support drew closer to 41 in the Senate, opponents of the deal began criticizing Democrats for, as they say, preventing an up-or-down vote on the deal by blocking its forward motion.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s office has been waging its own campaign against that narrative, releasing statements on why the floor procedure is legitimate and noting that the Senate agreed to the plan almost unanimously.

“It would be a little ironic for now Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to express concerns about a tactic that he, himself, employed on countless occasions,” Earnest said Tuesday. “The other thing that I’ll point out is that the 60 vote threshold is actually one that was approved by the 98 senators who voted for the Corker-Cardin legislation back in the spring.”

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  • FROGGY says:

    September 9, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    It should be clear to everyone that Congressional Democrats support the party line as opposed to doing what’s best for this country and our allies, especially Israel. American Jews should remember this at 2016 election time!

  • Thomas Williams says:

    September 9, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    When the Jews start dying at the hand of Iran supporters with the military material they bought with the United States money you name will go down in infamy as some of the worst betrayers and cowards of all time Mr 2015 Democratic.

  • Dennis says:

    September 9, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    The American populace by an overwhelming majority rejects this “deal”. The majority of the Congress rejects this deal, even some very powerful Democrats have voiced their disapproval of it. Yet through some very crafty and sneaky manipulation of Congressional rules as well as a huge disregard of the law in the Constitution. President Obama’s blatent hatred for Israel and his arrogance in ignoring the will of the people has placed our country and the entire Middle East in jeopardy in the near time and guaranteed a nuclear war in the future.
    Today America is in more peril than it has seen since the Civil War. Obama and his race baiting cohorts have brought us to the brink of a race war between Police and people of color. He has been aided by Mayors of Baltimore, Chicago and San Frisco.
    The threat posed by his illegal immigration have allowed the infestation of criminals of all types and have even surrendered large swarths of land along our Southern Border. This has fueled a mass influx of drugs of all types and created an epidemic of Heroin overdoses and deaths. Obama’s answer to all of this is more “common sense” gun control laws. Yes, he considers the personal ownership of firearms as a far bigger threat to America than ISIS or Radical Islamic terrorism, even though he refuses to use that verbage. Yes, Iran having “The Bomb”, multiple rapes and murders by illegal immigrants, cops being killed execution style while fueling their cars and being killed during routine traffic stops by race baited Blacks, who threaten whole cities that are ready to explode in all out rioting and looting coupled with a 20 TRILLION dollar debt, can all be fixed by more background checks. This is the level of insanity that consumes the most powerful office in the world.

  • Charlie says:

    September 22, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Obama is allowing Syrians to invade America,the numbers keep going up..and we dont need more muslims here..How can we avoid this event …they will try to reshape our country to their way of life…how do we counter this attack …?