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    US Senate attempt to block Iran deal fails - live coverage

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    US Senate attempt to block Iran deal fails - live coverage


    • Majority of senators opposed to deal but lack numbers to formally disapprove




    LIVE Updated 4m ago

    Republican leaders in the Senate have insisted they will try to overturn the deal through the courts if Thursday’s vote fails. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty ImagesBen Jacobs in Washington
    Thursday 10 September 2015 16.25 EDTLast modified on Thursday 10 September 201516.35 EDT

    Key events



    14m ago16:25
    McConnell is also announced that the Senate will revisit the Iran deal next week and that there will be at least one more vote to end debate on the legislation.

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    15m ago16:24
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is already celebrating the failure of the motion to end debate.
    In a statement, Reid said “the Senate has spoken with a clarion voice and declared that the historic agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon will stand.”
    It is worth noting that the “clarion voice” which Reid celebrates is only 42 senators.

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    16m ago16:22
    Mitch McConnell is now on the floor saying that he won’t give floor time for anti-Iran deal legislation that comes from the House, unless it has “enough co-sponsors to override a presidential veto.”
    He’s making clear that he’s not interested in symbolic legislation and feels confident that the American people will weigh in on the issue in the 2016 presidential election.

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    20m ago16:18
    Already, one presidential candidate has weighed in on the vote. Bernie Sanders, who leads in the polls for the Democratic nomination in both Iowa and New Hampshire, issued a guarded statement in support of giving the deal “a chance to succeed.”
    Sanders said in a statement:
    “I voted to support the Iran nuclear deal today because it is my firm belief that the test of a great nation is not how many wars we can engage in, but how we can use our strength and our capabilities to resolve international conflicts in a peaceful way. Does the agreement achieve everything I would like? No, it does not. But it is far better than the path advocated by Dick Cheney and the neo-cons who took us into Iraq in 2003. If Iran moves toward a nuclear weapon, all available options remain on the table. I think it is incumbent upon us, however, to give the negotiated agreement a chance to succeed.”

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    26m ago16:12
    Republicans fail to block Iran deal

    As expected, Republicans failed to muster the 60 votes necessary to end debate on a motion to disapprove of the Iran deal on Thursday.
    The goal of blocking the nuclear agreement was far-fetched but the GOP was hoping to at least pass a resolution of disapproval which would then be vetoed by Barack Obama and register a symbolic victory. Instead, opponents of the deal fell two votes short by a margin of 58-42.

    Updated at 9.15pm BST
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    34m ago16:04
    It’s worth noting that because of a quirk of Senate rules, Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, will eventually have to vote against ending debate on the bill.
    Under Senate rules, if he votes for the motion to end debate and it fails, he will not be able to bring back up again. Thus, McConnell, as the vote winds down, will change his vote so he has the option to bring up the legislation in the future. It won’t be a sign of the top Senate Republican suddenly sympathizing with the Obama Administration’s foreign policy. Instead, it will simply be yet another weird quirk of the Senate’s arcane rules materializing.

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    48m ago15:51
    Vote begins on ending debate on Iran deal bill

    The Senate is now holding the key vote on whether to end debate on legislation to disapprove of the Iran deal. This has a 60 vote threshold and, with 42 Democrats opposed, is expected to fail.

    Updated at 8.52pm BST
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    51m ago15:47
    The one hope of Republicans was that they would succeed in wooing two Democrats who supported the Iran deal to vote to end debate and allow the measure to move to final consideration. They are not going to get one.
    As Niels Lesniewski of Roll Call scoops, Delaware senator Chris Coons, who had previously expressed a willingness to break with his party on this procedural vote, will not.
    “I will vote against cloture today,” Coons said. “What that means is that debate will continue. Hopefully over the next several days … as debate continues, Leader McConnell will hear from enough members — Republicans and Democrats — and members will hear from enough constituents that they want us to take a final up-or-down vote, and the leader will reconsider and we will have an up-or-down vote with a 60-vote margin next week.”

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    54m ago15:44
    Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio just finished expressing his opposition to the deal and warning that it will lead to doom.

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    1h ago15:39
    One long-shot Republican presidential candidate, former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore, criticized fellow GOP hopefuls like Ted Cruz for voting Corker-Cardin amendment yesterday.
    In an interview with the Guardian during the anti-Iran deal rally in front of the U.S. Capitol yesterday, Gilmore said that Corker-Cardin, which was approved 98-1 by the Senate “put us into this.” He condemned his four Republican opponents who voted for that provision, which guaranteed a vote in Congress.
    The anti-Iran rally marked the first public event of Gilmore’s presidential campaign, which he launched in July. The former Virginia governor’s poll numbers are so low that he has excluded from the CNN debate to be held next week.



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    Senate Democrats block GOP effort to derail Iran nuke deal

    Erin Kelly, USA TODAY4:32 p.m. EDT September 10, 2015


    (Photo: Astrid Riecken, Getty Images)

    WASHINGTON — In a big victory for President Obama, Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked a resolution to reject the Iran nuclear agreement.

    Senators voted 58-42 to bring to the floor a resolution disapproving the deal. That was two votes short of the 60 votes Republican leaders needed to advance the bill.


    The Democrats' action spares Obama from having to veto any legislation and leaves the Iran agreement intact, though Majority Leader
    Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he may bring the bill back for another vote next week.


    Under legislation passed by Congress in May, the deal will take effect unless both the House and Senate vote for a resolution of disapproval by Sept. 17.


    House leaders began voting Thursday on a package of bills designed to stop the deal, but that legislation will die without Senate support. The House split from the Senate on strategy this week, deciding against voting on the disapproval resolution.


    Instead, House leaders, bowing to pressure from conservative members, opted to take up legislation that they said could pave the way for possible litigation to stop the deal from being fully implemented.


    The agreement, reached with the U.S. and five other world powers, would lift economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for
    Tehran agreeing not to develop nuclear weapons for at least a decade.


    The Senate vote came after six hours of passionate debate by opponents and supporters of the Iran deal.

    Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks to members of the media as Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., listen after the weekly Senate GOP policy luncheon at the Capitol on Sept. 9, 2015. (Photo: Alex Wong, Getty Images)


    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the deal threatens the security of Israel and the United States because Iran cannot be trusted to keep the agreement.

    "If you let this deal go forward, before too long the most radical regime on the planet will have the most lethal weapons available to mankind," Graham, a GOP presidential candidate, said before the vote. "They will share that technology with terrorists, and it will come here."


    Graham told Democrats, "You own this — you own every 'I' and every 'T' and every bullet and you own every thing to follow, and it's going to be holy hell."


    Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., said Iran's malevolent acts would be even more dangerous if Tehran had nuclear weapons. He said the agreement will help prevent that from happening.


    "If Congress rejects this agreement, Iran will receive billions of dollars of sanctions relief (from other nations) and there will be no oversight of its nuclear (program)," Bennet said. "That is unacceptable."


    He said Congress owes it to American service men and women to exhaust diplomatic options before resorting to military force to stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb. He said that approach represents "strength, not weakness."


    The House on Thursday took up legislation to suspend until January 21, 2017 (when Obama leaves office) the ability of the president to lift economic sanctions; and to find that Obama has not complied with a requirement that he provide Congress with all documents related to agreement. On Friday, the House is scheduled to take up a vote to approve the nuclear deal.


    By forcing a vote on approval of the deal,
    House Speaker John Boehner said, "we're not going to let members off the hook," and Democrats will have to cast votes in favor.


    "This is about holding every member accountable for their vote," the Ohio Republican told reporters Thursday.



    USA TODAY
    House GOP strategic split stalls Iran vote


    House conservatives balked at a simple vote on a disapproval resolution Wednesday, arguing that it did not go far enough and would never become law because of the Senate. They threatened to vote against bringing the resolution to the floor, prompting Boehner to pull it from consideration and come up with the new approach.

    However, Boehner said Thursday that House leaders "preserve the option" to vote on the disapproval resolution later.


    "Whether we use it or not I think it's too early to tell," Boehner said.


    While the last-minute maneuvering in the House would not stop the Iran deal from taking effect, supporters of the new approach said it could help pave the way for an eventual legal challenge of the agreement by House Republicans.


    Boehner said Thursday that legal action to block the president from implementing the deal is possible.


    He said House GOP leaders would use "every tool at our disposal to stop, slow and delay this agreement from being fully implemented."


    Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., the senior Democrat on the House Rules Committee, said the House was engaging in "yet another pointless exercise."


    "The Senate will not take up these bills," she said. "This nuclear agreement will be implemented, which leaves a Republican party with a majority in both houses with no consensus. What’s more, keeping Iran from building a nuclear weapon is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to silence the drumbeats of war. The possibility of peace in a powder keg region of the world should be considered carefully."

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