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It’s Ohio Versus Iran as Republicans Use Pensions to Oppose Deal

Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks at the National Review Institute 2015 Ideas Summit in Washington on May 1, 2015.

Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks at the National Review Institute 2015 Ideas Summit in Washington on May 1, 2015.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

After Congress’s deadline to block Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran expired Thursday, Republicans are taking the fight to the states by vowing to preserve local sanctions.

Thirty states and the District of Columbia restrict investments by pensions and public entities in companies doing business in the country, according to the group United Against Nuclear Iran. Fifteen Republican U.S. governors, including four presidential candidates, last week sent a letter to Obama saying they would fight to keep their constraints if the administration lifts its nuclear-related sanctions.