White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest reminds reporters that the 60-day period for the U.S. Congress to vote against the Iran nuclear deal ends next week. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The 60-day period that the U.S. Congress gave itself to vote against the international deal with Iran over its nuclear program ends on Sept. 17, a White House spokesman said on Thursday (September 10). "They essentially had 60 days to play the spoiler," said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. "Congress' opportunity to play that role will expire next week. And that will be good news and it will mean the international community can move forward with implementing the agreement," he said. President Barack Obama on Tuesday secured 42 votes in the U.S. Senate for the international nuclear deal with Iran, more than enough to keep Congress from passing a resolution disapproving of the pact. Forty-two votes is one more than the minimum needed in the 100-member Senate to block a Republican-backed resolution of disapproval of the nuclear deal, announced on July 14. That would spare Obama the embarrassment of having to use his veto power to protect a deal reached with five other world powers, seen as a potential legacy foreign policy achievement for his administration.