The Ohio Democrat said legislation is being rushed through the Senate.
Democrats used the vote to highlight that Loretta Lynch's attorney general nomination is still pending.
Rubio, Kirk say the four Americans must first be released.
"This is hard," Sen. Bill Cassidy said as he honored the 11 workers who were killed.
With a deal in the works, Reid goes to the floor to pressure the GOP.
Cruz called choice "a first principle" in any education reform effort.
Advocates told Sen. Mitch McConnell he is "standing in the way of progress."
Senators are expected to vote around 5:30 p.m. on a judicial nominee.
The Foreign Relations Committee passed Iran legislation this week.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) is looking for recommendations on who should get the spot.