Senate Democrats Block Second Iran Deal Vote


congressFor the second time, Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a vote to move forward on a resolution rejecting the Iran nuclear deal, protecting President Barack Obama’s key foreign policy initiative, the AP reports.

The measure failed Tuesday to gain the 60 votes needed to advance — just as it did last Thursday. The vote was 56 to 42.

The AP reports that although the measure is unlikely to advance, Republicans staged the Senate vote to make political points against Democrats and in future Senate races. They point to polls showing Americans have reservations about the deal.

The second vote was not the final word in the Senate. Frustrated with the outcome, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set up a third vote Thursday on a measure that would bar Obama from lifting sanctions on Iran unless Tehran recognized Israel and released US prisoners held in Iran.