Democrats defeat latest effort to nix Iran nuclear deal

Democrats defeat latest effort to nix Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats have turned back the latest Republican effort to undermine the Iran nuclear deal. Democrats blocked a measure aimed at maintaining sanctions unless Iran recognizes Israel & releases American hostages.

The vote was 53-45, short of the 60 votes needed to advance to a final vote. Two previous votes against the Iran deal have resulted in similar outcomes.

Thursday's vote saw Democrats even more united, as several who oppose the Iran deal nonetheless voted with their party, rejecting Republican majority attempts to use the issue to political advantage.

p>Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid calls the vote "a waste of the Senate's time."

But Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the deal aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program actually strengthens it & that Congress should say "no."

Source: “Associated Press”