Republicans Inch Closer To Iran Deal Defeat After Obama Picks Up Key Democratic Support


President Obama is within three votes of guaranteed victory on the Iran nuclear agreement after Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) announced his support for the deal.

Sen. Merkley laid out his reasoning in a statement posted on Medium:

The question, then, is whether the international agreement negotiated between Iran and the P5+1 nations (the United States, France, United Kingdom, Russia, China, and Germany) is the best strategy for blocking Iran’s potential pursuit of a nuclear weapon.

This question is one of the most important that I will face representing Oregonians in the U.S. Senate. I have carefully read the agreement and met with policy experts, intelligence analysts, advocates, and the ambassadors of our partner nations to explore the strength of every argument and counter-argument. I have sought and received the counsel of Oregonians on both sides of the issue, and I deeply appreciate their passionate and extensive insights.

Taking all of this into account, I believe the agreement, titled the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is the best available strategy to block Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.


No foreign policy choice comes with guarantees. The future, whether we approve or reject the deal, is unknowable and carries risks. But the agreement offers us better prospects for preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and more tools and leverage to ensure that outcome.

Therefore, when the Senate debates the Iran agreement after Labor Day, I will vote to support it.

Merkley is the thirty-first senator to announce that he will be supporting the agreement. President Obama needs thirty-four Democratic votes to sustain a veto if the resolution of disapproval passes the Senate.

With President Obama’s ability to get the 34 needed votes no longer in doubt, a bigger question is can the President get the 41 Senate votes that he would need to avoid the veto showdown by blocking the resolution in the Senate.

The White House and Democrats on the Hill are growing increasingly confident that they will have the votes needed to deal Mitch McConnell and John Boehner a devastating defeat. Only two Democrats have announced their opposition to the deal, but there are still thirteen undecided Democrats. President Obama needs ten of the remaining thirteen to block the resolution of disapproval. The President only needs the support of three of the remaining thirteen to sustain his veto.

The math is working against Republicans. It is clear that President Obama and Democrats are on a steady march towards victory on the Iran nuclear deal.

29 Replies to “Republicans Inch Closer To Iran Deal Defeat After Obama Picks Up Key Democratic Support”

  1. Its getting to 41 that has me worried. The House is safe because of Nancy Pelosi but I an guessing if the President gets to 34 then some of the rest of the dummycrats to appease that agent of the Likud party AIPAC will not give him the votes so this bullshit wont even reach President Obamas desk

  2. I don’t get the foot dragging by the Democrats on coming out and supporting the President on this. Come out already!

  3. TRUTH BOMB: People vs The Pentagon – Corporate War Machine. The Iran Nuclear Deal is our chance to be the America we believe in, not the most feared and militarily aggressive country in the world. The Pentagon has funded the military complex and the biggest scandal ever with losing $8.5 Trillion dollars enough to feed the world 10 times over and easily pull the 222 million people in the US out of poverty. The Pentagon is largely a taxpayer-funded security firm for global financial and corporate interests. Historically, the US has used its military and intelligence powers to ensure economic interests and not freedom. Any vote against the Iran Nuclear Deal is a vote for war and the War Machine.
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  4. Pit e ful. Pit e ful!!! When they were in the minority, they didn’t accomplish anything. They have the majority, and still can’t accomplish anything! SMH!

    This tells you the GOP can’t lead when in power! Heck, they can’t lead, period!! Imagine the history books in, say, 30-50 years. Republicans held 2/3 majority, and only accomplished wasting taxpayer money, manufactured fake scandals, attacked anybody who wasn’t a heterosexual sexual male WASP, and took length holidays when they hadn’t worked a day!

  5. Democrat was paid off, obviously.
    You do not make deals of any kind with Iran.
    The Obama nuts will agree with anything he wants to do. This is very bad news

  6. I am not so sure about that.

    It was alleged but the spokesperson said it as unfounded. The explanation is totally logical. A procedural issue for not allowing it or any other intrusion.

    You cannot bring up an item which is not on the calendar to be handled unless it is an emergency or something which happened right before so there was no time to ask for it on the agenda.

    When I go to Dem Exec Committee (DEC) meetings it is the same. We do not allow any sudden discussion out of order. Or else everyone would drag out their “most important” issue. There is limited time.

  7. Yes, pity they want peace. Nuke everyone. Bomb them back to the stone age. Send young men back there so they can die like patriots.

    Damn Obamanuts want to live in peace and prosperity. Bastards.

  8. Since it takes 2/3 vote in both chambers to override a presidential veto—all that is needed is enough votes of support in either chamber.

  9. Another dim-wit who has been affected by the GOP/TBums hate and scare machine. If you want to talk about being paid off, what in the hell do you call the big corporations paying off the GOP politicians. And the stupid supporters like you willing to pay more taxes so the Koch bros, and their kind can get richer. I’d rather be an Obamanut, than a stupid, hateful, evil disciple of Satan.

  10. Good to see a local boy (well, local for me since Merkley represents the Portland area) jump on the wagon to support the Iran deal.

    Now, since the veto is almost in the bank… now comes the plan to backhand Bohener and McConnell on their attempt to disapprove the deal because, you know, they get off to killing people.

    I wonder… what role does AIPAC play with the 13 remaining Democrats? Will they be the proverbial monkey wrench?

  11. Rasta, Many believe Israel was controlling the 9/11 Attack. They wanted Saddam Hussein gone. Now they want IRAN gone!
    From NYT:

    “Secretary of State John Kerry reminded Americans on Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, who is expected to denounce a potential nuclear deal with Iran during an address to Congress next week, also visited Washington in late 2002 to lobby for the invasion of Iraq.

    Apparently referring to testimony on the Middle East that Mr. Netanyahu delivered to Congress on Sept. 12, 2002, when he was a private citizen, Mr. Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee, “The prime minister, as you will recall, was profoundly forward-leaning and outspoken about the importance of invading Iraq under George W. Bush, and we all know what happened with that decision.”

  12. Democrats who go against the Democratic Party and President Obama and the best interests of the United States in favor of Netanyahu and Israel need to be voted out of office. I’m heartened by the outrage over people like Schumer and Wasserman Schultz going against the Democratic Party and the President to serve Israel’s best interests over that of the US. It’s time to get these people out of our political party.

  13. AIPAC and its bought and paid for supporters in Congress (Republicans) and the Democrats with more loyalty to Israel than to the US have overplayed their hands too many times now.

  14. Joe, there are various posts online both claiming Sharon
    did or didn’t make that assertion. I&I have an abiding
    affinity for Israel, but my country always comes first.
    My source is:
    Hope this link works because I’m limited to a tablet for
    online access and they don’t always give complete link
    info. Jah bless.

  15. The 49Traitors have broken the Logan Law,a petition with 300,000+ signatures sent to the White House & no one has addressed this and I am highly upset that our gov’t allows these homegrown terrorists to recognize Netanuyahooes and disrespect our president & as long as they are not held accountable they will continue their traitoris tactics.

  16. There are several OTHER COUNTRIES involved in this deal United Kingdom, France, China, Russia and Germany — along with the European Union, and they could care less what the U S Congress thinks…the U S congress can not stop the deal even if they tried ,,they can only get this country into yet another war on the other side of the world.,Then there is NOTHING that stops these other countries from siding with Iran either. That means we may be fighting MORE than just Irans army but other armys also,,

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