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Mikulski Support Clinches Iran Nuclear Deal

September 2nd, 2015 by WCBC Radio

President Obama's landmark Iran nuclear agreement will survive congressional review.  Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, has announced her support for the Iran nuclear deal, becoming the 34th Democratic senator to back the president, and giving Obama the numbers in the upper chamber to sustain his promised veto of the resolution of disapproval of the deal.  “No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime. I have concluded that this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb. For these reasons, I will vote in favor of this deal. However, Congress must also reaffirm our commitment to the safety and security of Israel,” Mikulski said in a statement.  Congressional opponents of the deal would have needed a two-thirds majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate in order to override Obama’s veto of the Resolution of Disapproval, which would have prevented the administration from lifting some Congressional sanctions on Iran.  But Mikulski’s announcement means opponents will not be able to reach the 67-vote threshold needed to override the veto.  The Maryland senator, who has served longer in Congress than any other woman in history, is retiring after this term, indicating it was less politically toxic for her to be the so-called “decisive” vote in favor of the deal than some of the other Senate Democrats who have not yet announced their position on the agreement.  There are 10 remaining Senate Democrats who have not yet made their opinion public, including some who are facing difficult re-election races and others who have large anti-deal constituencies. But if the White House can get seven of those 10 holdouts to support the deal, they will not only be able to prevent the resolution of disapproval from going into effect but also be able to sink it upon the first Senate vote, which is expected to happen shortly after Congress returns from its summer recess on Sept. 8.

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