The White House expressed confidence Friday that it will prevail in the multi-million-dollar battle over the Iran nuclear deal, dismising a senior Democratic senator’s rejection of President Barack Obama’s top foreign policy goal.
The Obama administration appeared to have good reason for its certainty: a Democratic lawmaker said that more than enough House Democrats have said they would uphold Obama’s promised veto of a Republican resolution intended to kill the nuclear pact by barring the lifting of U.S. sanctions on Iran.
“We will have the votes to sustain a veto,” Rep. Jan Schakowky, D-Ill., told McClatchy in a telephone interview. She noted that 150 Democratic House members who signed a May 7 letter urging a conclusion of the nuclear deal remain solidly behind the accord, more than enough to sustain any veto in the 435-member House. More have since joined, she said.