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 CorkerTrump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Meet the key Senate player in GOP fight over Saudi Arabia Trump says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' MORE (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezPelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid House passes temporary immigration protections for Venezuelans Senate panel advances bipartisan bill to lower drug prices amid GOP blowback 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 CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsThe United States broken patent system is getting worse Biden faces scrutiny for his age from other Democrats Democrats press FBI for details on Kavanaugh investigation 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 McConnellTrump faces crucial decisions on economy, guns Are Democrats turning Trump-like? House Democrat calls for gun control: Cities can ban plastic straws but 'we can't ban assault weapons?' 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 BennetBiden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Recession fears climb and markets dive — now what? 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 DonnellyLobbying world Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries 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 CardinAmerica is in desperate need of infrastructure investment: Senate highway bill a step in the right direction Financial aid fraud is wrong — but overcorrection could hurt more students Democrats denounce Trump's attack on Cummings: 'These are not the words of a patriot' MORE (D-Md.), who is taking over his leadership role, has yet to support the measure.

Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampPence to push new NAFTA deal in visit to Iowa Al Franken says he 'absolutely' regrets resigning Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand MORE (D-N.D.) — Heitkamp is a co-sponsor.

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineA lesson of the Trump, Tlaib, Omar, Netanyahu affair Warren's pledge to avoid first nuclear strike sparks intense pushback Almost three-quarters say minimum age to buy tobacco should be 21: Gallup MORE (D-Va.) — Kaine, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, is a co-sponsor of the bill.

Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingNew intel chief inherits host of challenges Senators ask for committee vote on 'red flag' bills after shootings Top Democrat: 'Disqualifying' if Trump intel pick padded his résumé 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 SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerLewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid Colorado candidates vying to take on Gardner warn Hickenlooper they won't back down 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 Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters F-bombs away: Why lawmakers are cursing now more than ever White House offers reassurances amid recession fears as 2020 candidates sound alarm MORE (N.Y.) — Gillibrand is open to backing Corker-Menendez with changes, according to a report in Politico.

Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyAppropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid House panel investigating decision to resume federal executions Graham moves controversial asylum bill through panel; Democrats charge he's broken the rules MORE (Vt.)

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSunday shows - Recession fears dominate Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Trump vows to 'always uphold the Second Amendment' amid ongoing talks on gun laws 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 McCaskillEx-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity Ocasio-Cortez blasts NYT editor for suggesting Tlaib, Omar aren't representative of Midwest Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand MORE (Mo.)

Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonAl Franken says he 'absolutely' regrets resigning Democrats target Florida Hispanics in 2020 Poll: Six Democrats lead Trump in Florida match-ups 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 users in lawsuit say company failed to warn them of known risks before 2018 breach New intel chief inherits host of challenges Overnight Defense: US, Russia tensions grow over nuclear arms | Highlights from Esper's Asia trip | Trump strikes neutral tone on Hong Kong protests | General orders ethics review of special forces MORE (D-Va.)

 

No (11)

Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinTrade wars and the over-valued dollar Overnight Health Care: Senate panel advances drug pricing bill amid GOP blowback | House panel grills Juul executives | Trump gives boost to state drug import plans | Officials say new migrant kids' shelter to remain open but empty Senators vow to bring transparency to drug pricing MORE (Wis.) 

Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Hispanic civil rights icon endorses Harris for president California AG Becerra included in Bloomberg 50 list 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 BrownThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Dayton Democrat launches challenge to longtime GOP rep Dayton mayor: Trump visit after shooting was 'difficult on the community' MORE (Ohio)

Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperAmerica is in desperate need of infrastructure investment: Senate highway bill a step in the right direction FARA should apply to Confucius Institutes The 23 Republicans who opposed Trump-backed budget deal 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 FeinsteinTrump administration urges Congress to reauthorize NSA surveillance program The Hill's Morning Report - More talk on guns; many questions on Epstein's death Juan Williams: We need a backlash against Big Tech 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 FrankenNative American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment Reid says he wishes Franken would run for Senate again Al Franken urges Trump to give new speech after shootings: 'Try to make it sound like you're sincere, even if you're not' 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 HeinrichOvernight Defense: Dems talk Afghanistan, nukes at Detroit debate | Senate panel advances Hyten nomination | Iranian foreign minister hit with sanctions | Senate confirms UN ambassador Senate committee advances nomination of general accused of sexual assault House passes bill requiring CBP to enact safety, hygiene standards MORE (N.M.) — Heinrich is a co-sponsor of Boxer’s Iran bill.

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight Defense: US, Russia tensions grow over nuclear arms | Highlights from Esper's Asia trip | Trump strikes neutral tone on Hong Kong protests | General orders ethics review of special forces White House eyes September action plan for gun proposals Trump phoned Democratic senator to talk gun control MORE (Conn.) — Murphy, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, opposes any Iran votes while negotiations are ongoing.

Sen. Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedSenators ask for committee vote on 'red flag' bills after shootings Senate Democrats demand Trump order review of White House security clearances Overnight Defense: Dems talk Afghanistan, nukes at Detroit debate | Senate panel advances Hyten nomination | Iranian foreign minister hit with sanctions | Senate confirms UN ambassador 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 UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallDemocrats, environmentalists blast Trump rollback of endangered species protections Republicans should get behind the 28th Amendment New Mexico says EPA abandoned state in fight against toxic 'forever chemicals' 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.