Reid said he wanted to wait because President Obama is scheduled to speak with senators at the Capitol Tuesday and address the nation Tuesday evening. If he had filed cloture, the Senate could have voted Wednesday on the motion to proceed.

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Reid said he has the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster and end debate on the motion to proceed despite the fact that many senators have come out in opposition to the resolution itself and some still remain undecided.

“We have enough votes to get cloture,” Reid said. “When we get on this we’re going to have this debate in a manner that is dignified and move forward in a way that's expeditious but yet one that's thorough.”

Reid said he hoped he and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellRepublican wins La. Senate runoff in final 2016 race Heitkamp is Trump's top choice for Agriculture secretary: report Schumer calls for Senate probe into Russian interference MORE (R-Ky.) could work out a deal to avoid the need to file cloture on the motion to proceed to S.Res. 21, which would authorize a limited 60-day strike with the option to extend it an additional 30 days.

President Obama has asked for congressional support to use limited military strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is accused of using chemical weapons against his own people.

Earlier Monday, Reid compared Assad’s actions to the Holocaust.