Democrats in the U.S. Senate have enough votes to uphold the Iran nuclear deal, but U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is aiming for a higher goal.
Durbin's vote count is 35 senators, all Democrats, who will vote against any resolution to block the agreement. Nine more have yet to state a position, and Durbin hopes to gain support from six of them, which means Democrats could block any vote on the deal.
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"We continue to work them," Durbin said. "We hope to have even more votes before we return to session next week. The president's foreign policy, which I support, is going to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and avoid America going to war. Those are two good outcomes from where I stand."
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is firmly in the opposition's column, having been a vocal critic of the deal through the negotiation process.
Durbin says Democrats in the House are close to hitting their own threshold to uphold a veto. Four Illinois Democrats have yet to announce their position on the deal: U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley (D-Chicago), Dan Lipinski (D-Chicago), Bill Foster (D-Naperville), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates), Durbin's endorsed candidate in the U.S. Senate race.