Reid offers GOP a deal on Iran vote
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidManchin’s likely senior role on key energy panel rankles progressives Water wars won’t be won on a battlefield Poll finds most Americans and most women don’t want Pelosi as Speaker 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 McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellIsrael boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate Schumer blasts GOP request for immigration 'slush fund' Trump: 'Too early to say' if shutdown will be averted MORE (R-Ky.) agrees to a higher threshold for passage. 

"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." 
 
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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 CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerThe Hill's Morning Report — What a shutdown would mean for the government GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander won't seek reelection Corker dodges on Trump primary question 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 ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force Hillicon Valley — Presented by AT&T — New momentum for privacy legislation | YouTube purges spam videos | Apple plans B Austin campus | Iranian hackers targeted Treasury officials | FEC to let lawmakers use campaign funds for cyber Manchin puts hold on FCC nomination over wireless internet fund delay 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 CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsSenators prepare for possibility of Christmas in Washington during a shutdown Dem senator: Trump 'seems more rattled than usual' Dem: 'Disheartening' that Republicans who 'stepped up' to defend Mueller are leaving 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.