Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has just announced that Democrat Senators will next week pass only a continuing resolution that contains no spending cuts at all, but is designed to keep federal spending at its current breakneck levels.
Senator Reid gave his group this week off for vacation, just ten days before the government will run out of spending authority. His solution, a demand for more time!
It would be the height of irresponsibility to shut down the government without any negotiations, as Republicans are threatening to do.How much time has he wasted already?
To avoid a shutdown and give us time to negotiate a responsible path forward, I have asked Sen. Inouye, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, to prepare a clean Continuing Resolution that I can bring to the floor next week.And more,
I have asked my chief of staff, David Krone, to begin negotiations with Speaker Boehner’s chief of staff, Barry Jackson, to craft a long-term continuing resolution that cuts waste and excess, while protecting the initiatives that keep us safe, put Americans back to work and keep our economy on the right track.Then, insult and injury
It is time to drop the threats and ultimatums, and work together on a path forward. I am asking Speaker Boehner to simply take the threat of a government shutdown off the table, and work with us to negotiate a responsible, long-term solution.”Senator Reid obfuscates with abandon. He completely ignores the fact that the House of Representatives has already passed, not a continuing resolution, a complete spending bill. It's ready for Senate debate, modification if necessary, and passage.
Next thing we know, Senate Democrats will abandon Washington in order to avoid a vote.