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Senate Vote Prevents Republicans From Derailing Iran Nuclear Deal

Democrats in the U.S. Senate have, for a third time, blocked a Republican-led measure aimed at killing the Iran nuclear deal.

The vote on September 17 ensured that Congress will not be able to pass before a midnight deadline a resolution of disapproval that would have crippled the agreement by eliminating President Barack Obama's ability to waive many U.S. sanctions – a condition of the nuclear accord between Iran and world powers.

That's because there are no more Senate votes planned this week.

The Republicans needed 60 votes in the 100-member Senate in order to advance the legislation.

The vote for the measure was 56-42.

All but four of Obama’s fellow Democrats backed the nuclear pact that was announced in July.

The Iran nuclear deal calls for crippling sanctions against Iran to be lifted in exchange for limits on its nuclear program.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and AFP