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Blumenthal Backs Iran Nuclear Deal, Delivers Democratic Support To Obama

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is one of the 42 Democratic senators backing the Iran nuclear agreement.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is one of the 42 Democratic senators backing the Iran nuclear agreement. Photo Credit: File

FAIRIFELD COUNTY, Conn, —U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced his support Tuesday for the Iran nuclear agreement, giving President Barack Obama the votes to prevent a filibuster.

“I will vote to support the proposed agreement concerning Iran’s nuclear program and against the resolution of disapproval before the Senate," Blumenthal, a Democrat from Greenwich, said in a statement. "My two paramount goals have been to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and do so by peaceful means. I believe the proposed agreement, using diplomacy, not military force, is the best path now available to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.

“While this is not the agreement I would have accepted at the negotiating table, it is better than no deal at all. And it can be made even better through unilateral American action and collaboration with our European allies."

Blumenthal said the decision had been a difficult one.

"The current agreement immediately reduces Iran’s nuclear program and places it under a series of overlapping safeguards that push a threshold nuclear power back from the brink," he said. "The agreement imposes an intrusive inspection and surveillance regime ... Future U.S. presidents have the authority ... to reimpose our sanctions if Iranian actions are inconsistent with our national security interests."

Blumenthal joined U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, his fellow Democrat from Connecticut, in backing the proposal .

“Rejecting this agreement is fraught with unacceptable risk. Our formal negotiation partners and allies have signaled clearly that they are not coming back to the table," Blumenthal said.

"There is no better deal available now. The present sanctions will soon become unenforceable, producing an economic windfall for Iran whether or not the United States accepts the agreement. The United States, instead of Iran, would be isolated," he said.

Joining Blumenthal in supporting the deal Tuesday were Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan and Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, according to CNN .

Their support gave Obama the 41 votes he needs to prevent the Senate from passing a measure disapproving of the Iran nuclear deal and possibly launching a filibuster, CNN said.

By Tuesday evening, Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington announced she would be the 42nd supportive Democrat, providing Obama with an extra buffer.

Read the full story at the CNN website .

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