Sen. Reid’s Endorsement Likely Ends Questions About Iran Deal Surviving Congress

Sen. Stabenow Follows Reid to the Pro-Deal Side

The chances of both houses of Congress actually managing to get a veto-proof majority to block the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran were remote, at best, and may be outright dead tonight with the revelation that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D – NV) will be supporting the pact.

Sen. Reid’s influence is already bringing more Democrats in line, with Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D – MI) jumping on board to bring the number of senators backing the deal to 28. With only 34 needed to stop a veto override, they’re a stone’s throw away.

Reid also suggested it was possible, albeit a “long shot,” to reach the 41 vote level which would allow them to filibuster the matter and prevent it ever getting to the president’s desk to be vetoed in the first place. 16 Senate Dems are still undecided on the issue.

Getting enough to support a presidential veto should be fairly easy at this point, and the momentum Reid gives the deal means it could happen fairly soon. The heavy lobbying from AIPAC and the harsh rhetoric against proponents of the deal, however, may convince some it is politically safer to be part of a meaningless vote to block the pact, knowing it will be vetoed.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.