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Manchin says he will vote to oppose Iran deal

Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by F. Brian Ferguson U.S. Senator Joe Manchin conducts a town hall meeting at the University of Charleston last Thursday about the nuclear agreement with Iran. Manchin said he had learned that an overwhelming majority of West Virginians oppose the deal, which factored into his decision to oppose the agreement.
Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by F. Brian Ferguson
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin conducts a town hall meeting at the University of Charleston last Thursday about the nuclear agreement with Iran. Manchin said he had learned that an overwhelming majority of West Virginians oppose the deal, which factored into his decision to oppose the agreement.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sen. Joe Manchin will vote to oppose the nuclear agreement with Iran, joining every other member of West Virginia’s congressional delegation in opposition.

Manchin announced his decision one week after Democrats secured the votes necessary to make sure the deal goes into effect, downplaying, somewhat, the significance of his announcement.

The deal, which gives Iran relief from international economic sanctions in return for limits on and inspections of the country’s nuclear program, is all but sure to be put into place, despite the objections of West Virginia’s representatives.

Right after Manchin’s announcement, three other Democratic senators announced their support for the agreement, giving the deal 41 supporters in the Senate. That would be enough not just to sustain a promised veto from President Obama of any legislation that would scrap the agreement, but also to filibuster any such legislation, preventing it from reaching the president.

Manchin announced his opposition during a conference call with reporters Tuesday morning…

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