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As we've been hearing from NPR, Congress is reacting to the Obama Administration's six-month deal with Iran that would freeze parts of Teheran's nuclear program while easing economic sanctions. Two U.S. Senators from our region hold seats on the Congressional committee at the center of these conversations. David Hawkings, writer of the Hawkings Here column for Roll Call, discusses some of the details.
On how Sens. Ben Cardin and Tim Kaine will be involved in the issue going forward:
"The issue is how long Congress is willing to wait to decide what Sen. Cardin was just talking about. Sen. Cardin is on the Foreign Relations Committee. Sen. Warner is on the banking committee, so both Virginia senators have a role to play in this. The banking committee is the committee that decides the sanction's question. So all three of those senators will have a role to play. What was emerging over the weekend was whether the Senate will even allow this six-month period to play out."
On how important the Obamacare deadline will be for Democrats like Rep. Steny Hoyer:
"For Democrats, hugely important — for Democrats like Steny Hoyer, or really most of the Democrats, who represent this part of the country, not too much of a big deal because none of them really have their seats in danger, but there are plenty of Democrats who are pretty worried about this because these seats are going to be in play next year. It really goes to the whole issue of competence in government, and it goes to the whole issue of whether the vote for Obamacare was the right vote. The mid-term election is going to be the chance obviously to punish President Obama if this continues to be perceived a failure because they won't be able to vote for Obama or against Obama."
On how Democrats are feeling going into next year's midterm elections:
"I think they're getting worrier and worrier, it's not been a very good few months, and what we've seen a few times is that the narrative can change.