Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDems urge Grayson to end Senate bid Reid: Trump is a 'hateful con man' Reid: DNC never gave Sanders a ‘fair deal’ MORE (D-Nev.) on Saturday suggested Democrats wouldn't to try to block a final vote on the Iran nuclear deal — but only if Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellReid: Trump is a 'hateful con man' McAuliffe: Clinton won't move TPP without changes Scalise says FCC chair should abandon set-top box plan MORE (R-Ky.) agrees to a higher threshold for passage.
Reid offers GOP a deal on Iran vote
"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 sixty votes,’ " Reid said in a statement. "The choice is up to him."
The Nevada Democrat's offer comes as the Senate is expected to take up a resolution of disapproval on the Iran nuclear deal that is aimed at killing the agreement.
While President Obama has the votes needed to uphold a potential presidential veto, he's still at least three supporters short of 41 senators — a total that would successfully block the resolution from passing in the first place.
While Reid's offer would let Republicans bypass procedural votes on the Iran resolution, it would still require that they get 60 supporters — the same number they would need to overcome a potential Democratic filibuster.
But Reid said Saturday that Republicans, as well as supporters of the deal, "have always known" 60 votes would be needed to move a resolution on the Iran nuclear deal through the Senate.
“Democrats continue to live up to our pledges to behave in a constructive and cooperative fashion," he added. "On the Iran Review Act, I hope Senator McConnell and Senate Republicans can take yes for an answer and allow the Senate to proceed directly to a final passage vote after a period of robust debate.”
Republicans, including Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob CorkerBob CorkerTrump starts considering Cabinet Trump's secret weapon is Ivanka Senate Dems introduce Iran sanctions extension MORE (R-Tenn.), have slammed Democrats for potentially requiring that they overcome a filibuster to pass the Iran resolution. Congress passed legislation by a 98-1 vote earlier this year that allows them to weigh in and vote on the deal.
But even if Obama does get 41 senators to back the Iran deal, it's unclear he would have the support to filibuster the agreement. Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinChristian voters left wanting in Trump vs Clinton New Guccifer 2.0 dump highlights ‘wobbly Dems’ on Iran deal Senate Dems introduce Iran sanctions extension MORE (D-W.Va.), who is still undecided, said this week that even if he supports the deal, he wouldn't support a filibuster.
Meanwhile, Sen. Chris CoonsChris CoonsSenators ask IRS to issue guidance to help startups Senate Dems push Obama for more Iran transparency Overnight Tech: First on The Hill – Key senators team up against robocalls | Social media giants back revenge porn bill | Facebook's diversity numbers MORE (D-Del.), who announced his support this week, told CNN that it would be "regrettable" if senators didn't take an up-or-down vote — suggesting he might not support a filibuster either.