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150 House Democrats support Biden push to reenter Iran nuclear deal

150 House Democrats support Biden push to reenter Iran nuclear deal
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At least 150 House Democrats have signed a letter expressing support for President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit On The Money: Five takeaways on a surprisingly poor jobs report | GOP targets jobless aid after lackluster April gain MORE’s push to reenter the Iran nuclear deal, a key number of lawmakers that could block congressional attempts to prevent the move.

The Democrats say Biden’s push to reenter the international agreement if Iran returns to compliance should be used as a starting point for further negotiations addressing Tehran's “other malign behavior.”

“We are united in our support for swiftly taking the necessary diplomatic steps to restore constraints on Iran’s nuclear program and return both Iran and the United States to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as a starting point for further negotiations,” the lawmakers wrote. The letter was led by Reps. David PriceDavid Eugene PriceSecret Service: Optics of Trump greeting supporters outside Walter Reed wasn't a factor GOP ramps up attacks on Biden's border wall freeze The US has a significant flooding problem — Congress can help MORE (D-N.C.); Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeNew signs of progress emerge on police reform Progressive lawmaker to introduce bill seeking more oversight of Israel assistance Biden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  MORE (D-Calif.), Jan SchakowskyJanice (Jan) Danoff SchakowskyBattle lines drawn over Biden's support for vaccine waivers Overnight Health Care: Biden sets goal of at least one shot to 70 percent of adults by July 4 | White House to shift how it distributes unallocated vaccines to states Pressure builds for Biden to back vaccine patent waivers MORE (D-Ill.), Gregory MeeksGregory Weldon MeeksColombia's protests are threat, test for US Pressure increases for US to send vaccines to Latin America Liberal advocacy group stirs debate, discomfort with primary challenges MORE (D-N.Y.), Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroDemocrats ask Biden to reverse employee policy on past marijuana use The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's next act: Massive infrastructure plan with tax hikes Blinken to appear before Foreign Affairs Committee MORE (D-Texas), Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerFive takeaways on the House's return to budget earmarks Lawmakers say companies need to play key role in sustainability On The Money: Weekly jobless claims fall to lowest level since lockdowns | Retail sales surge in March | Dow, S&P hit new records MORE (D-Va.) and Brad ShermanBradley (Brad) James ShermanLawmakers tout bipartisan support for resolution criticizing Iran's government Biden funding decision inflames debate over textbooks for Palestinian refugees Iran talks set up delicate dance for Biden team MORE (D-Calif.).

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President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE withdrew from the Obama-era deal in 2018 and instituted a “maximum pressure” campaign of sanctions that Democrats say have failed to constrain Iran’s nuclear program and contributed to increasing confrontations in the region.

The new letter puts the House Democrats in opposition with critics of Biden’s push to reenter the 2015 international agreement, including center-right and right-wing pro-Israel organizations, nearly all Republicans, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE, who said that “we shouldn’t go back to business as usual with Iran.” Opponents would need a two-thirds majority in Congress to override a Biden veto of any legislation aimed at blocking reentry to the Iran deal, a percentage that may be unattainable with so many House Democrats supporting the move.

The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, two Gulf Arab countries that have recently opened diplomatic ties with Israel, have also said they expect to be included in any negotiations for future talks with Iran.

The conflict over reentering the deal comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran following the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist, widely believed to have been carried out by Israel, and the one-year anniversary of the U.S.-ordered drone strike that killed top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Trump on Wednesday said Iran was responsible for a large-scale rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place on Sunday. The attack, which killed an Iraqi civilian and damaged the embassy compound, was called the largest strike on the facility in a decade.

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“Our embassy in Baghdad got hit Sunday by several rockets. Three rockets failed to launch. Guess where they were from: IRAN. Now we hear chatter of additional attacks against Americans in Iraq,” Trump tweeted.

“Some friendly health advice to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think it over,” he added.

— Updated at 10:51 a.m.