Obama Wins Support for Iran Nuclear Deal that Majority of Americans Oppose

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President Obama has fielded enough support among Senate Democrats for the Iran nuclear agreement to force the success of a deal that a majority of Americans oppose.

Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski (Md.) became the 34th vote in favor of the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.

"No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime," Mikulski said in a statement Wednesday. "I have concluded that this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb. For these reasons, I will vote in favor of this deal."

With the Maryland lawmaker’s vote, supporters of the deal will be able to uphold a promised veto from Obama of a congressional resolution to reject the agreement that Republicans are pushing to pass later in September.

Republican lawmakers have staunchly opposed the nuclear deal, and leading Democrats, including Sens. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Bob Menendez (D., N.J.), have come out against the agreement.

Fifty-six percent of U.S. adults believe that Congress should reject the deal, according to CNN/ORC polling released last month.

Morgan Chalfant   Email Morgan | Full Bio | RSS
Morgan Chalfant is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Morgan worked as a staff writer at Red Alert Politics. She also served as the year-long Collegiate Network fellow on the editorial page at USA TODAY from 2013-14. Morgan graduated from Boston College in 2013 with a B.A. in English and Mathematics. Her Twitter handle is @mchalfant16.

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