Iran nuclear deal turns up lobbying heat on Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Iran nuclear deal has supercharged congressional lobbying, with President Barack Obama securing the support of a prominent Jewish Democrat and pro-Israel groups pressuring lawmakers in an all-out, big-money drive.

Obama, his Cabinet and other allies are making the case that the deal calling on Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief is the best possible way to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, are scheduled to testify Wednesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is set to join them.

House Democrats also were scheduled to meet with Obama at the White House.

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