- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Michigan’s Democratic U.S. senators have told President Barack Obama they’ll hold off for now on a bill to increase sanctions against Iran to allow negotiations on nuclear weapons a chance to work.

Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters were among 10 Democratic senators who signed a letter saying that they won’t press for immediate passage of the bill. Republicans now control the Senate but lack the votes to override a presidential veto without Democratic backing.

Peters says he believes “a diplomatic solution provides the best opportunity for a good deal.”

The other signers are Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Chuck Schumer of New York, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Chris Coons of Delaware, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana.

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