This week, the Obama administration edged a bit closer to getting the necessary votes to keep the Iran deal alive. The most notable victory came from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who proclaimed his strong support for the deal and even promised to help defend it. Other Senate Democrats who came out in support of the deal include Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO). While these latest victories get the Obama administration closer to the mandatory 41 votes needed to vote against a GOP resolution disapproving the deal, there are several notable democrats, such as Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, who have yet to offer their support. According to the latest estimates, 29 Senate Democrats have supported the deal and 67 of their colleagues in the House have done so as well. As Congress says goodbye to the August recess and prepares to vote on the deal on September 17th, we can only hope that they used some of their time away from Washington to realize that this deal, while it may not resolve all issues related to Iran, provides an historic opportunity to use diplomacy as a tool that yields peace.