With 34th Senator, Obama Gets Enough Votes to Sustain Iran Deal
An announcement from Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md) pushed the vote on the Iran Deal over the top, effectively ensuring that the agreement will survive attempts in Congress to overturn it. Mikulski’s support denies opponents the necessary 67 votes they would require to override President Obama’s pledged veto of any vote to kill the agreement.
According to a September 2, 2015 JTA report on the vote, most if not all Republicans oppose the deal, leaving the battleground for opponents and supporters of the deal among Democrats.
Democrats also appear to have enough deal backers in the U.S. House of Representatives to prevent an override of a presidential veto.
The deal reached between Iran and the so-called P5+1 group of major powers exchanges sanctions relief for nuclear restrictions. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged Congress to kill the deal, saying it will leave Iran as a nuclear threshold state.