Report: Colorado Senator Edges White House to Win on Iran Deal

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Another key Democratic Senator has come out in favor of the Iran nuclear agreement, bringing the White House closer to a political triumph.

Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado said that he would back the July 14 nuclear agreement reached between Iran and world powers to prevent another war in the Middle East.

"Our primary objectives are to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon, make sure Israel is safe and, if possible, avoid another war in the Middle East," Bennet said in a statement first reported by The Denver Post on Friday.

"This agreement represents a flawed, but important step to accomplish those goals," added Bennet.

Bennet becomes the 38th Democratic senator to announce support for the deal since it was first rolled out in July.

President Obama needs 41 votes in the Senate to filibuster procedural rule to prevent a resolution disapproving the accord.

If the resolution is filibustered, it would be a major victory for the White House, which wouldn’t have to use President Obama’s veto pen to protect the Iran deal.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany- also known as P5+1 or E3+3) finalized the text of lasting deal on Tehran’s nuclear program on July 14.

When Congress returns to Capitol Hill from its August recess after Labor Day, both the House and Senate are expected to vote on resolutions disapproving the July 14 accord.

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