US Democrats confident Iran deal will survive in Congress

August 28, 2015 02:24

WASHINGTON - Democrats are confident they will have enough votes to protect the Iran nuclear deal in the US Congress, but they face an uphill task to avoid President Barack Obama having to use his veto power to ensure the agreement's survival.

"We're getting close," said Senator Richard Durbin, who as Minority Whip is the Democrats' chief vote counter in the Senate, referring to the 34 Senate votes needed to sustain an Obama veto if Congress initially rejects the deal.

"I have really been heartened by the positive response from our caucus," he told Reuters on Thursday.

Obama will be able to save the agreement if he can deny opponents in either the Senate or the House of Representatives the two-thirds majority needed to override his expected veto.

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