Reid to House: You’re wasting your time


NewsHour Political Editor Christina Bellantoni reports that in case there was any doubt, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid confirmed Saturday he is no fan of the new government funding plan cooked up by House Republicans and scheduled for a vote.

Reid issued a statement calling the evening series of votes “pointless” and affirming that his chamber would “reject” both of the amendments the House likely will attach to the funding measure Reid’s chamber passed Friday. And Senate aides were telling reporters it is highly unlikely the Senate would return to work Sunday.

Here is Reid’s statement in full:

Today’s vote by House Republicans is pointless. As I have said repeatedly, the Senate will reject any Republican attempt to force changes to the Affordable Care Act through a mandatory government funding bill or the debt ceiling. Furthermore, President Obama has stated that he would veto such measures if they ever reached his desk.

To be absolutely clear, the Senate will reject both the one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act and the repeal of the medical device tax. After weeks of futile political games from Republicans, we are still at square one: Republicans must decide whether to pass the Senate’s clean CR, or force a Republican government shutdown.

Senate Democrats have shown that we are willing to debate and vote on a wide range of issues, including efforts to improve the Affordable Care Act. We continue to be willing to debate these issues in a calm and rational atmosphere. But the American people will not be extorted by Tea Party anarchists.