Reid rejects latest House offering

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) rejected the emerging House plan in a Senate floor speech about 90 minutes after reports first emerged about the new proposal being floated by Speaker John A. Boehner's leadership team.

Reid said that it was a party-line proposal that undermined the work that he and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had been working on together.

"It's nothing more than a blatant attack on bipartisanship," Reid said, adding of Senate Democrats: "We felt blindsided."

He called it "a bill that can't pass the Senate, and won't pass the Senate."

Reid again accused Boehner of trying to save his own job as speaker — an uprising in January nearly toppled him —  because of attacks from his right flank.

"I'm very disappointed with John Boehner, who would once again try to preserve his role at the expense of the country," Reid said.

 

Paul Kane covers Congress and politics for the Washington Post.

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