Obama musters more Senate votes for Iran nuclear deal

King looks across the East Front steps of the House as Pelosi leads colleagues in a rally in support of the nuclear deal with Iran at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday secured 42 votes in the U.S. Senate for the international nuclear deal with Iran, more than enough to keep Congress from passing a resolution disapproving of the pact. Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal, Gary Peters, Ron Wyden and Maria Cantwell announced they would support the agreement, just as lawmakers returned to Washington from a month-long summer recess. Forty-two votes is one more than the minimum needed in the 100-member Senate to block a Republican-backed resolution of disapproval of the nuclear deal, announced on July 14.

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