Groundhog Day saw Congressional leaders push a flurry of bills aiming to override presidential vetoes on various issues, and among them was another vote aimed at derailing the international nuclear deal with Iran, trying to forbid the Obama Administration from lifting sanctions on Iran unless the nation is certified as unaffiliated with any terror group, and abandons its conventional ballistic missile program.
While some Democrats have expressed support for escalating sanctions against Iran over its missile program, the vote on trying to kill the deal outright was almost entirely along party lines, meaning that as with the previous efforts, they were short of their ability to override a veto.
The White House, of course, reiterated their veto threat, saying they have no intention of allowing a measure to pass that would threaten their ability to abide by the P5+1 pact made with Iran.
The US has already implemented the sanctions relief required under the deal. This is raising speculation that the votes are going to be a recurring theme in the long-term, with efforts to try to get the US to withdraw from the pact.
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