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US Democrats say Iran deal will survive despite Congress setback

WASHINGTON - Democrats said on Friday that they would have enough votes to ensure that the US-led international nuclear deal with Iran survives review by Congress, despite influential Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer saying he would vote against it.

 

A spokesman for Senator Dick Durbin, who counts Democratic votes as the Senate's minority whip and who supports the deal, said Democrats were still confident they could rebuff Republican attempts to sink the agreement in a showdown next month.

 

"The momentum is behind this deal, as you've seen from Democrats coming out this week," spokesman Ben Marter said.