On Iran deal, Obama threw everything into uniting Democrats

FILE - In this July 31, 2015 file photo, members of the media raise their hands during Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz's briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington where he answered questions on Obama administration's case for the Iran Nuclear Agreement. A lame-duck president, an empowered opposition, a looming election: they’re hardly the ingredients for a resounding White House success. Yet President Barack Obama emerged victorious on the Iran nuclear deal in Congress this past week. The reasons involve politics, policy, and a president searching for one crowning foreign policy win. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
FILE - In this July 31, 2015 file photo, members of the media raise their hands during Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz's briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington where he answered questions on Obama administration's case for the Iran Nuclear Agreement. A lame-duck president, an empowered opposition, a looming election: they’re hardly the ingredients for a resounding White House success. Yet President Barack Obama emerged victorious on the Iran nuclear deal in Congress this past week. The reasons involve politics, policy, and a president searching for one crowning foreign policy win. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – A lame-duck president, an empowered opposition, a looming election: They’re hardly the ingredients for a resounding White House triumph.

Yet President Barack Obama clinched a huge victory on the Iran nuclear deal in Congress this past week as Senate Democrats blocked GOP attempts to get a disapproval resolution to his desk.

Frustrated House Republicans settled for passing two related measures destined to go nowhere.

The outcome was especially notable for a White House with a history of bungling legislative initiatives on Capitol Hill, and a president known for a hands-off relationship with lawmakers, even his own Democrats.

This time was different – according to administration officials and lawmakers of both parties.

Obama threw everything into uniting Democrats behind the accord.

(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s