Connecticut's Blumenthal to support the Iran nuclear deal

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Posted: Sep 08, 2015 11:09 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says he will support the nuclear deal with Iran.

Blumenthal says the agreement "using diplomacy, not military force, is the best path now available to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran."

With 39 Democratic and Independent senators backing it, the deal already has the necessary votes in the Senate to sustain President Barack Obama's veto of a resolution of disapproval.

Blumenthal says in remarks Tuesday that he'll propose legislation with Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland to ensure that sanctions can be snapped back into place if Iran cheats, will provide enhanced security for Israel and improve oversight of the agreement.

Cardin has joined Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, along with Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, in opposing the agreement.