LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – He’s not happy about it but Senator Gary Peters says he will now support President Obama’s deal with Iran.
In a statement issued this morning Sen. Peters says he is convinced “that we are faced with no viable alternative”. He says by rejecting the deal he fears that the international credibility of the United States would be damaged.
He is now ready to vote against a motion of disapproval but warns if Iran fails to meet its international obligations under the agreement he will support the immediate reinstatement of Congressional sanctions.
With Sen. Peters joining ranks the Senate Democrats have clinched enough votes to block a disapproval resolution against the Iran nuclear deal in the Senate. That could spell a major victory for President Barack Obama.
There are now 41 supporters of the deal. That’s enough to bottle up the disapproval resolution with a filibuster later this week.
In addition to Sen. Peters the announcements came from Ron Wyden of Oregon and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.
Supporters were cautiously optimistic the votes would allow them to block the disapproval resolution from passing in the Senate. They weren’t declaring victory because opponents of the deal are pushing for senators to allow a final vote on the disapproval resolution, leading to uncertainty about the outcome under the Senate’s complicated procedures.
The fast-paced developments came on the first day lawmakers were returning to Washington from their summer recess. The divisive deal to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for sanctions relief tops the agenda.