Congress returns to work kicking off a heated debate on the Iran deal ahead of a vote to accept or reject the negotiated agreement. Jennifer Davis reports.
As lawmakers returned to Washington on Tuesday following a month-long summer recess, President Barack Obama secured 42 votes in the U.S. Senate for the international nuclear deal with Iran. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SENATE MINORITY LEADER HARRY REID SAYING: "The bipartisan bill to give Congress a deliberate and constructive view of the final nuclear agreement with Iran was drafted so that 60 votes would be required in the Senate to pass either a motion of approval or a motion of disapproval." The support is more than enough to keep Congress from passing a resolution disapproving of the pact - but many in the GOP say they do not support this deal. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REPUBLICAN SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL SAYING: "I call on every Senator to resist attempts to obstruct a final vote and deny the american people in Congress the say they deserve." White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the administration is gratified by the growing support. Final votes on the agreement are expected this week.