Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Democrats Clinch Critical 41 Votes for Iran Nuclear Deal

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Democrats Clinch Critical 41 Votes for Iran Nuclear Deal

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WASHINGTON * Pressing their advantage, the White House and insistent Senate Democrats locked up the votes Tuesday to frustrate attempts by outraged Republicans to pass a legislative rebuke to the Iran nuclear accord.

Three previously undeclared Senate Democrats Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Ron Wyden of Oregon and Gary Peters of Michigan announced their support for the international agreement in a coordinated burst. That pushed supporters to the crucial 41-vote total that would allow them to block a GOP disapproval resolution with a filibuster, and prevent a final vote.

"There is no better deal available now," declared Blumenthal, one of the Senate's Jewish Democrats, announcing his support for an accord that is strongly opposed by Israeli leaders as well as Republican senators.

The three lawmakers were among just a handful of undeclared senators and were all considered potential "no" votes. Coming on the first day of Congress' fall session after a five-week summer recess, their announcements were a dramatic start to what promises to be a bitter, partisan debate on the deal aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program.

The debate will take on some of the trappings of a political circus Wednesday with presidential candidate Donald Trump preparing to headline an anti-accord rally outside the Capitol.

It will play out at the start of a hectic three weeks on Capitol Hill. Congress must also find a way to keep the government funded past the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30, and lawmakers will host a historic visit from Pope Francis.

It remained uncertain Tuesday if all 41 senators now on record in favor of the Iran deal would hold together on the procedural maneuvers necessary to mount a filibuster. And the developments didn't change the ultimate outcome, which has been clear for days: Even if the disapproval resolution should pass the House and Senate this week, President Barack Obama would veto it, and Democrats have the votes in hand to sustain his veto. …

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