Iran deal earns support of 41 Democrats, allowing for a filibuster

US Senate and House of Representatives at the US Capitol in 2013
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With the support of Senate Democrats Gary Peters (Mich.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), and Ron Wyden (Ore.), the nuclear deal struck between Iran, the U.S., and five other nations has now earned the support of 41 senators — enough to filibuster a threatened resolution of disapproval by Republican-led opposition in Congress and to spare President Obama the use of his veto powers to strike down such a resolution.

The Iran deal requires Tehran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. Congress has until Sept. 17 to vote on the deal.

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