Landmark Iran Deal Gains Enough Support To Override GOP Veto

President Barack Obama talks with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran during a phone call in the Oval Office, Sept. 27, 2013.

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President Barack Obama talks with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran during a phone call in the Oval Office, Sept. 27, 2013.

With the backing of Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Democrats now have enough votes in the Senate to ensure the nuclear agreement survives.

Pres­id­ent Obama has clinched enough sup­port to en­sure that his land­mark nuc­le­ar deal with Ir­an and six glob­al powers can get through Con­gress.

Sen. Bar­bara Mikul­ski an­nounced Wed­nes­day that she is in fa­vor of the deal, be­com­ing the 34th Demo­crat­ic sen­at­or to do so. Obama, who faced a con­cer­ted, mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar op­pos­i­tion cam­paign, can now sus­tain a veto should Con­gress pass a res­ol­u­tion of dis­ap­prov­al in the next few weeks.

“No deal is per­fect, es­pe­cially one ne­go­ti­ated with the Ir­a­ni­an re­gime,” said Mikul­ski in a state­ment out­lining how the deal an­swers her eight key ques­tions on sanc­tions re­lief, the in­spec­tion re­gime, and al­tern­at­ive strategies. “I have con­cluded that this Joint Com­pre­hens­ive Plan of Ac­tion is the best op­tion avail­able to block Ir­an from hav­ing a nuc­le­ar bomb.”

The deal would sig­ni­fic­antly lim­it Ir­an’s nuc­le­ar pro­gram for at least the next dec­ade in re­turn for lift­ing sanc­tions worth up to $150 bil­lion. If Con­gress voted down the deal with a veto-proof ma­jor­ity, the ad­min­is­tra­tion wouldn’t be able to lift con­gres­sion­al sanc­tions, im­per­il­ing the pact.

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