The Iran nuclear deal seems to be the top priority for Illinois Democrats in Congress when they return to Washington. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin expects motions on the agreement aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program to be considered soon after Congress reconvenes. "To stop the spread of nuclear weapons in the Middle East and to protect Israel and our allies, that is our first priority in the Senate," Durbin said. Durbin supports the deal, as does U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston). She acknowledges Republicans may have the votes to pass a motion to block the deal, but doesn't believe there's enough support to override a presidential veto of that motion.
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"I want to see this deal because I think it's the best way that we're going to stop Iran from having a nuclear weapon, that'll make the region, the state of Israel, and the world, safer," Schakowsky. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis's (R-Taylorville) priorities begin with the hope that the Senate considers his legislation on labeling foods which claim to be free of genetically modified organisms. "It's to create a nationwide labeling program, similar to (the) organic (labeling) program, that's going to let consumers know what a non-GMO label actually means," Davis said. "We're also going to be focusing on a long-term transportation bill." Congress returns from its month-long recess on September 8.