Senate Dems Prepared to Defy Obama, Oppose Iran Deal

Growing Group May Put Bills on Cusp of Override

Outrage over last week’s letter from Senate Republicans to Iran threatening to dishonor any nuclear deal President Obama reached is beginning to subside, and with it, a new round of comments are coming from Democrats indicating their support for, if not the letter, the sentiment behind it.

Several Democrats are now publicly expressing their support for various resolutions that aim to sabotage the talks, either by imposing new sanctions on Iran in violation of the interim deal, or by seeking a “veto” over the deal that would make it impossible for the US to be a part of the process.

“The letter’s incredibly unfortunate and inappropriate,” insisted Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D – ND), “that doesn’t diminish my support for the legislation that we introduced.”

Sen. Bob Corker (R – TN), the author of the “veto” bill, claimed to have 12 Democrats firmly committed to his resolution, and suggested momentum is in favor of getting a veto-proof majority on it.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D – FL) lashed the letter for “trying to kill negotiations that are underway,” but likewise bragged about being an original co-sponsor of Sen. Corker’s resolution.

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