Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after the Senate Finance Committee plan to strengthen the economy failed by one vote:
“It is incredible that not even nine Republicans would join us to strengthen our weakening economy by helping those who need it most. Given a chance to act as a recession looms, more than 40 Republicans today said no to helping 20 million seniors and no to 250,000 disabled veterans. They said no to those who have lost their jobs and no to small business that are suffering in the Bush economy. They said no to helping American families pay their heating bill and avoid foreclosure.
“When given the opportunity to work in a bipartisan manner to help people hurt by our struggling economy, Republicans chose to politics first. And while they may view this vote as a win, the American people lose.”