Under the leadership of Harry Reid, the Senate Democrats are saying they plan on filibustering the Iran deal to keep it from being voted upon in the Senate, preventing an eventual future veto fight with the president. Five uncommitted Democrats are still needed for a successful filibuster; they are being lobbied hard by the president.
1. Harry Reid Seeks to Filibuster Iran Deal
Senator Harry Reid doesn’t even want the Senate to vote on the Iran deal.
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Democrats will try to mount a filibuster to block the Iran nuclear deal from even having to reach President Obama’s desk for a veto, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid signaled Sunday in a statement.
He and his party colleagues already have enough committed supporters that they would be able to sustain an Obama veto and allow the Iran deal to proceed, but a filibuster would be an even bigger coup, halting the issue earlier in the process and heading off a protracted — and potentially politically costly — veto fight.
“I recently informed Senator McConnell that after a period of robust debate, Democrats would be happy to proceed straight to a final passage vote that is consistent with Senator McConnell’s many statements that important matters in the Senate have ‘for quite some time required 60 votes.’ The choice is up to him,” Mr. Reid said, referencing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
A surge of support for Mr. Obama’s stance this week has put Democrats well over the 34 votes needed to guarantee upholding the veto, and they are now within striking distance of the 41 votes that would guarantee a filibuster, too. Washington Times