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.