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Iran Whip List: Dems on the fence

Iran Whip List: Dems on the fence
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Senate Democratic support is softening for a measure empowering Congress to review an Iran nuclear deal amid strong White House opposition.

Supporters had touted the backing of 66 senators, just one short of the two-thirds needed to override a threatened veto from President Obama.

With all Republicans expected to back the bill, supporters need 13 Democrats to override a veto. The bill has 9 Democratic co-sponsors, but in recent days, many expected backers shared concerns the bill could harm ongoing talks over Iran's nuclear program.

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The bill drafted by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerThe unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  The Republicans' deep dive into nativism Fox News inks contributor deal with former Democratic House member MORE (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezJuan Williams: A breakthrough on immigration? Biden rebuffs Democrats, keeps refugee admissions at 15,000 Bottom line MORE (D-N.J.) requires Obama to submit any agreement to Congress along with verification that Iran is complying with the terms.

Obama would be barred from eliminating any sanctions on Iran for two months to give Congress time to debate the deal. The president would need to send updates on Iran's compliance every 90 days with any breach leading to a fast-tracked vote to restore sanctions.

But the White House and liberal groups are pushing Democrats to not support the measure. The bill was dealt a blow, when House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) came out in opposition to it on Wednesday.

Obama also called Corker on Wednesday to sell him on the framework agreement reached last week by international negotiators.

Some Democrats are seeking changes to the bill. Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsUS, Iran signal possible breakthroughs in nuke talks How the United States can pass Civics 101 Americans for Prosperity launches campaign targeting six Democrats to oppose ending filibuster MORE (D-Del.) offered an amendment Wednesday that would strip measures linking sanctions to Iranian support for terrorism.

The Foreign Affairs panel is expected to approve the measure Tuesday, but the level of Democratic support could be crucial. It is unclear when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week GOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture MORE (R-Ky.) will bring it up for a floor vote.

Here is a list of how Democratic senators are expected to vote on the Corker-Menendez measure. The Hill will update this list continually. Please send updates to iswanson@thehill.com.

— Lucy Feickert, Marianna Sotomayor and Alison Thoet contributed.

 

Yes (8)

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetManchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders Democrats vow to push for permanent child tax credit expansion Senate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap MORE (D-Colo.) — Bennet is a co-sponsor of the bill.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) — Blumenthal is a co-sponsor of the bill.

Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyRepublicans fret over divisive candidates Everybody wants Joe Manchin Centrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives MORE (D-Ind.) — Donnelly is a co-sponsor of the bill.

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) — Menendez is temporarily stepping down as the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee, as he faces federal corruption charges. He will remain a member of the panel, but his legal issues could complicate the push for the Iran bill. Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinHouse panel advances bipartisan retirement savings bill Senate passes bipartisan B water infrastructure bill Senate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap MORE (D-Md.), who is taking over his leadership role, has yet to support the measure.

Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampEffective and profitable climate solutions are within the nation's farms and forests Bill Maher blasts removal of journalist at Teen Vogue Centrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives MORE (D-N.D.) — Heitkamp is a co-sponsor.

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineManchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders On The Money: Incomes, consumer spending soared in March | Harris, senators work behind scenes on jobs package | Biden cancels some border wall construction Harris, senators work behind scenes on jobs package MORE (D-Va.) — Kaine, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, is a co-sponsor of the bill.

Sen. Angus KingAngus KingDC mayor admitted to Democratic governors group amid statehood fight Democrats fret over Biden spending Schumer works to balance a divided caucus's demands MORE (I-Maine) — King is a co-sponsor of the bill but has warned against it being used as a political weapon against the president.

Sen. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture How to fast-track climate action? EPA cutting super pollutant HFCs MORE (D-N.Y.) — Schumer, the next in line to become Senate Democratic leader, co-sponsored the bill before the congressional recess. "I strongly believe Congress should have the right to disapprove any agreement and I support the Corker bill which would allow that to occur," he said in a statement Monday, reaffirming his support.

 

Undecided (8)

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) — Cardin, who is taking over the Democratic leadership spot on the Foreign Affairs panel temporarily for Sen. Menendez, has not formally backed the bill. "He is working on language to ensure that the legislation is consistent with the agreement negotiated," said a representative.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) — The Foreign Relations panel member offered an amendment Wednesday that would remove measures tied to Iran's support for terrorism against the U.S. He told Politico earlier this week his backing "depends on the changes made to the bill, and it depends on the level of engagement on the White House."

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandAustin tight lipped on whether to take sexual assault cases out of commanders' hands Gillibrand touts legislation to lower drug costs: This idea 'is deeply bipartisan' A bipartisan effort to prevent the scourge of sexual assault in the armed forces MORE (N.Y.) — Gillibrand is open to backing Corker-Menendez with changes, according to a report in Politico.

Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahySenate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap On The Money: Democratic scramble complicates Biden's human infrastructure plan | Progressives push on student debt relief No designated survivor chosen for Biden's joint address to Congress MORE (Vt.)

Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders Manchin touts rating as 'most bipartisan senator' MORE (W.Va.) — Manchin has yet to make a decision, according to a spokesman. “He is planning to get more briefings and speak with his colleagues once he gets back to DC,” said Jonathan Kott in a statement.

Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillDemings asked about Senate run after sparring with Jordan on police funding Republicans fret over divisive candidates Greitens Senate bid creates headache for GOP MORE (Mo.)

Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonDemocrats cool on Crist's latest bid for Florida governor Crist launches bid for Florida governor, seeking to recapture his old job The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Trump, Cheney trade jabs MORE (D-Fla.) — "Sen. Nelson is an original cosponsor of the bill and he’s intending to make some modifications that will be acceptable to the White House," Ryan Brown, Nelson's press secretary, said in a statement.

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerFacebook board decision on Trump ban pleases no one Schumer works to balance a divided caucus's demands Senate Intel vows to 'get to the bottom' of 'Havana syndrome' attacks MORE (D-Va.)

 

No (11)

Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinSenate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap House Dems to unveil drug pricing measure ahead of Biden package World passes 3 million coronavirus deaths MORE (Wis.) 

Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerBottom line Trump administration halting imports of cotton, tomatoes from Uighur region of China Biden inaugural committee to refund former senator's donation due to foreign agent status MORE (Calif.) — Boxer is pushing her own bill that allows Congress to quickly reinstate any eased sanctions if Iran breaks the nuclear deal. She also sits on the Foreign Relations Committee and, on Wednesday, called on Corker to delay the vote.

Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSherrod Brown calls Rand Paul 'kind of a lunatic' for not wearing mask On The Money: How demand is outstripping supply and hampering recovery | Montana pulls back jobless benefits | Yellen says higher rates may be necessary Senate Democrats announce B clean bus plan MORE (Ohio)

Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperStrengthen CBP regulations to reduce opioid deaths DC mayor admitted to Democratic governors group amid statehood fight Bottom line MORE (Del.) — Carper does not support Corker-Menendez. "He thinks Congress should have a role, but his preferred way is outlined in the bill he sponsored with Sen. Boxer last month," Carper press secretary Rob Runyan told The Hill. Carper is also a sponsor of Boxer's bill.

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap Lawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' Senate Democrats call on Biden to restore oversight of semiautomatic and sniper rifle exports MORE (Calif.) — The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence panel told CNN's "State of the Union" that she would not support the current version of the bill.

Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenWhy Caitlyn Jenner should not be dismissed #MeWho? The hypocritical silence of Kamala Harris The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate Dems face unity test; Tanden nomination falls MORE (Minn.) — "Sen. Franken believes that Congress has a very important role to play, but he does not support the Corker bill as it stands," said press secretary Michael Dale-Stein.

Sen. Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichSenate votes to nix Trump rule limiting methane regulation Senate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap Democrats battle over best path for Puerto Rico MORE (N.M.) — Heinrich is a co-sponsor of Boxer’s Iran bill.

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyUS, Iran signal possible breakthroughs in nuke talks Democrats face big headaches on Biden's T spending plan Senate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap MORE (Conn.) — Murphy, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, opposes any Iran votes while negotiations are ongoing.

Sen. Jack ReedJack ReedOvernight Defense: Former Navy secretary reportedly spent .4M on travel | Ex-Pentagon chief Miller to testify on Jan. 6 Capitol attack | Austin to deliver West Point commencement speech Overnight Defense: Gillibrand makes new push for military sexual assault reform | US troops begin leaving Afghanistan | Biden budget delay pushes back annual defense policy bill Biden budget delay pushes back annual defense policy bill MORE (R.I.) — “Congress should allow the hard work of diplomacy to continue and not try to derail the next steps in the negotiation," said the ranking Democrat on the Armed Services Committee in a statement after the framework deal was announced. "We should not give Iran an excuse to walk away or fracture the international coalition."

Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) — Schatz is a co-sponsor of Boxer’s alternate Iran bill.

Sen. Tom UdallTom UdallStudy: Chemical used in paint thinners caused more deaths than EPA identified Oregon senator takes center stage in Democratic filibuster debate Bipartisan bill seeks to raise fees for public lands drilling MORE (N.M.) —  "Sen. Udall will look at any modifications that are proposed or made to the Corker bill, but the timing is a problem regardless. As it stands now, he opposes the bill," said a representative. Udall sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

This list was last updated on April 14 at 10:46 a.m.