Obama Secures Key Vote to Protect Iran Nuclear Deal In U.S. Congress


U.S. President Barack Obama has secured a 34th vote to sustain a veto of congressional resolution. The record will therefore, not fail in the U.S. Congress. Sen. Barbara Mikulski of the Democratic Party supported the agreement after a long anticipation and anxiety. She became the 32nd Democrat Senator to back the pact that was announced on July 14th.

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on a nuclear deal with Iran at American University in Washington August 5, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

This move means that President Obama together with the Democrats will have votes to protect nuclear deals between the United States and Iran. The next challenge that Mr. Obama faces is to secure a 41 vote support in the Senate so that he can block disapproval resolution.

The U.S. Secretary of State said that the benefits of the deal are far more than the drawbacks. The lawmakers now have until September 17th to for “resolution of disapproval”. This would weaken the pact so that Mr. Obama will not have an easy way when waiving sanctions on Iran.

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate are to take up the issue on the 8th of September when they return to Washington. Republicans are united in the opposition the Democratic Party has spent the better part of the summer rallying support for the agreement. It will be seen as a legacy move on foreign relations for the president.