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Senate Republicans have agreed to scale back a bill intended to give Congress the authority to weigh in on a final Iran nuclear deal so that they can get more support for the legislation from chamber Democrats.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker has agreed to shorten the initial congressional review of the deal from 60 days to 30 days, a congressional source said Tuesday.

All 54 GOP senators support the bipartisan bill, which is enough to avoid a filibuster. Several Democrats support Corker’s bill, but Republicans will need at least three more Democrats on board to reach the 67 votes needed to override the veto that President Obama has vowed to sign.

A tentative deal between Iran, the United States and four other nations was reached April 1, with a final deal scheduled for June 30.

However, if the final deal, to curtail Iran’s uranium-enrichment program, is submitted after July 9, the review period reverts to 60 days, the source said.

The compromise bill also would require the president to submit the final agreement to Congress. Members will then have up to 52 days to review the deal. During that period, the president cannot remove the congressional sanctions that have already been imposed on Iran.

After the initial 30 days, 12 more days are automatically added if Congress passes a bill and sends it to the president. And an additional 10 days are added if the president vetoes the legislation.

In addition, the president is required to certify to Congress every 90 days that Iran is complying with the terms of the final agreement.

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