Obama gets the votes needed

President Barack Obama scored a crucial victory Wednesday as a key Democrat said she would support his landmark nuclear deal with Iran, effectively giving him enough votes to protect the bill from congressional attempts to kill it. Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s endorsement safeguards what the White House sees as Obama’s signature diplomatic achievement and spells a defeat for the accord’s opponents, including the Republican majority in Congress and pro-Israel lobbying groups such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. With momentum shifting in favor of the accord in recent weeks, AIPAC and others opposed to the deal are struggling to rally enough votes for even a symbolic show of resistance from Congress, which would require securing 60 “no” votes needed to break a Democratic filibuster and get a resolution through. Opponents need at least six Democrats to come out against the deal to achieve that goal, but have so far only won over New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez. Mikulski’s endorsement, announced in a statement, could cut both ways politically. On the one hand, it could free wavering Democrats to support the deal because they would now know they wouldn’t be providing the decisive vote. On the other, it could make it easier for fence-sitting Democrats like Mikulski’s colleague, Ben Cardin, to vote their conscience without having to worry about handing a president from their own party a historic defeat.


3 Responses to “Obama gets the votes needed”

  1. Order and Tradition Says:

    […] latest in a series of articles discusses Iranian politics after the nuclear agreement, assuming it is ratified. It opens “he historic nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 negotiators […]

  2. Order and Tradition Says:

    […] The piece goes on, “Some hardliners are warily watching the U.S. presidential election play out, and are making the case that a new administration in Washington could reimpose sanctions. Hardliners “are waiting for the U.S. elections so that if a Republican with a harsh view comes to power, they could also talk tough,” Khadir said. Most Iranians are concerned about who will come to power in the United States next year, according to Izadi. A phone poll conducted by the University of Maryland showed 62 percent of Iranians don’t trust the United States to implement the agreement. Iranian fears that the U.S. government will renege on the deal, Izadi says, are rooted in the fact that political support for the agreement in the United States is tenuous. He points out that while Iran’s parliament favoured the agreement, a majority of the U.S. Senate opposed it. Obama was able to implement the accord because the Senate failed to muster the two-thirds vote needed to override a presidential veto“. […]

  3. Dems, 2016 and Iran | Order and Tradition Says:

    […] they would have “blood on their hands” if they endorsed the accord. In the end, the White House won the heated political battle, securing just enough support among Democrats in the Senate to stave off a bid to […]

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