WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The support from the 41 senators has raised questions about whether the opponents of the nuclear agreement will be able to bring the resolution of disapproval to the Senate floor for a roll call vote, a procedure that requires 60 votes.
The supporters of the Iran deal currently have the numbers to filibuster, or prevent a roll call vote, on the agreement.
"I call on every senator to resist attempts to obstruct a final vote and deny the American people and Congress the say they deserve on this extremely important matter," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday.
On the Senate floor, Democratic leader Harry Reid proposed a rule that would prevent a filibuster, which would likely come from Senate Democrats.
"I am proposing that after the Senate concludes three days of debate, and serious debate on this issue, that we then move directly to a vote on the passage of the resolution," Reid said at the start of the debate on Tuesday.
Moving directly to a roll-call vote would ensure that every member of the Senate would be on record with his or her vote on the US participation in the international nuclear agreement with Iran.
He added that he hopes all members of the Senate "will all be able to express ourselves with a vote on the deal itself."
President Barack Obama has already made clear that he will veto any resolution disapproving the US implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement. In August, Obama gained sufficient support to be able to sustain a veto, ensuring the passage of the nuclear agreement and sanctions relief for Iran.
The Senate will likely cast their final vote on the Iran resolution at the end of the week after a thorough floor debate.