Reid to prevent vote on Iran nuclear dealSenate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will try to prevent the Senate from voting on President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.
In a statement issued on Saturday, Reid said that Democrats would attempt to use the filibuster to prevent the Senate from holding even a symbolic vote on the issue, which would likely result in an embarrassing outcome for Democrats. “I recently informed Senator McConnell that after a period of robust debate, Democrats would be happy to proceed straight to a final passage vote,” Reid said in the statement, suggesting “robust debate” was a coy way of saying that the debate will not end unless Republicans can muster 60 votes to do so.
Under the terms of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act passed earlier this year, the Senate has the option of voting in favor of the deal, voting against it or taking no action at all. If the Senate were to vote against the deal, President Obama would still be able to veto the action. At least 67 votes would be required to override such a veto.
Presently, Democrats have at least 38 votes in favor of the deal. Just three — Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Ben Cardin, D-Md., have said they would join Republicans in voting against it. If Republicans vote in unison, that means at least 57 senators would vote against the deal. While that would be short of the 67 required to override a veto, it would be enough to humiliate the administration.