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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidFeinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight Whitehouse says Democratic caucus will decide future of Judiciary Committee Bottom line MORE (D-Nev.) on Wednesday praised the Republican senators who declined to sign a controversial open letter to Iran.

"I'm heartened ... that a few Republicans, seven to be exact, didn't sign the letter. That's nice. Seven out of 54, certainly seven better than nothing," Reid said from the Senate floor.

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The open letter, signed by 47 Senate Republicans, states that any deal reached on Iran's nuclear program could be overturned “with the stroke of a pen” after President Obama leaves the White House in 2017.

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Democrats and the White House have slammed the 47 Republican senators who signed the letter, saying they are threatening to undermine the United States’ bargaining in the negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.

“I think it’s somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress wanting to make common cause with the hard-liners in Iran,” Obama said on Monday.

Reid, who has suggested the letter “empowered” the ayatollahs in Iran, suggested that the fight over the nuclear talks, as well an anti-human trafficking bill on the floor this week, are testing the GOP's ability to govern.

“We're witnessing a fundamental test of Republicans' ability to govern," he said. "They're treating nuclear negotiations as a chance to play political games. They're treating human trafficking as a chance to play some of these games. This is not the time for any kind of game.” 

Democrats are withholding support for the trafficking bill because it contains the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits funding from being spent on abortions.