Obama rallies key votes as Congress debates Iran deal

US President Barack Obama speaks at American University in Washington, DC on August 5, 2015, about the nuclear deal reached with IranThe US Congress began tense deliberations Tuesday ahead of prospective votes on the Iran nuclear deal, as President Barack Obama gained sufficient Senate support to prevent Republicans’ last-gasp efforts to torpedo his accord. As lawmakers returned from their summer recess, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would ask “all senators to be present in the chamber” to debate the merits and shortcomings of the international agreement aimed at preventing Iran from obtaining an atomic bomb. Congress resumed just as the White House earned a major victory in securing support for the deal from 41 senators, the number needed to block a resolution disapproving of the controversial accord.

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