Senate Democrats block second Iran deal vote

WASHINGTON — For the second time, Senate Democrats have blocked a resolution rejecting the Iran nuclear deal, protecting President Barack Obama’s key foreign policy initiative.

The measure failed Tuesday to gain the 60 votes needed to advance — just as it did last Thursday. The final count was delayed as senators returned from the Jewish Rosh Hoshanah holiday.

Republicans staged the Senate vote to make political points against Democrats in future Senate races. They point to polls showing Americans have reservations about the deal.

It’s not the final word in the Senate, although the congressional review period expires Thursday.

Republicans set up a vote for that day on a measure that would prohibit Obama from lifting sanctions on Iran unless Tehran recognizes the state of Israel and releases Americans detained in Iran.