Reid to fundraise in Florida next week amid budget stalemate

October 9, 2013
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks at the center for American Progress Action Fund in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2013. Reid spoke about ending the current gridlock in the Senate that according to him is harming the nation's ability to address key challenges. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is scheduled to hold a high-dollar campaign fundraiser in Florida next Friday, one day after a critical Oct. 17 deadline for the government’s ability to borrow money.

An invitation sent Wednesday said Reid would be the “special guest” at “a reception to help maintain Our Democratic Majority” at the Orlando area home of lawyer John B. Morgan, a prominent Democratic Party fundraiser and one of President Obama’s biggest 2012 campaign bundlers.

Event chairs are being asked to contribute $35,000 each, with hosts and co-hosts paying $10,000 and $5,000 respectively. General admission tickets are $1,000, according to the invitation, which was obtained by The Washington Post.

The event is for the Reid Majority Fund, a joint fundraising committee authorized by Friends for Harry Reid and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Morgan, in an e-mail to friends and donors sent Wednesday, wrote: “This reception comes at a very interesting time in our country’s history.”

Congress is at a stalemate with Obama over a budget deal to reopen the government as well as a measure to raise the nation’s borrowing limit. The national debt hit the $16.7 trillion legal limit in May, and although Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has been using a variety of emergency measures to conserve cash, Lew has said he would exhaust those measures Oct. 17.

Democratic officials said Reid’s appearance at the fundraiser is still on for now, but that his schedule could change given the situation in Washington.

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