The Republican leader of the Senate says any nuclear deal with Iran faces heavy opposition from lawmakers, even though President Obama would only need to hold 34 Democrats to prevail.
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“This is going to be a very hard sell for the administration,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., On Fox News Sunday.
The proposed agreement being negotiated in Vienna would leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power, McConnell said, and does nothing about Iranian aggression in the Middle East or its missile development.
The Associated Press reports the negotiators “are expected to reach a provisional agreement Sunday.” The AP said “the envisioned accord will be sent to capitals for review and, barring last-minute objections, be announced on Monday.”.
McConnell predicted that the Republican-run Senate would pass a resolution of disapproval on an Iran agreement, perhaps with more than 60 votes, including a few Democrats.
Obama would presumably veto that resolution, McConnell noted, and then need votes from at least 34 Senate Democrats to sustain that veto.
President Obama and aides said the agreement is best way prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
The United States and its allies are offering to reduce economic sanctions on Iran if it gives up the means to make nuclear weapons.