Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following remarks today regarding Senate passage of a three-week Continuing Resolution:
“Today’s vote starts the clock. This is the second time we have extended the deadline for passing a long-term plan that cuts spending and keeps our government running. Democrats have proved we are committed to reducing spending by bringing $51 billion in smart cuts to the table. And we are open to additional cuts that make sense.
“Our top concern is creating American jobs. We need to cut spending, but we also need to protect our fragile economy. That is why Democrats oppose Republicans’ reckless spending bill that would destroy 700,000 American jobs. This week’s House vote on that proposal was encouraging, because it showed that Republicans need Democratic votes to move forward, and that both sides are willing to compromise. That is that same attitude Republicans will need to bring to the table going forward. Because as Kentucky’s Henry Clay once said, ‘all legislation is founded upon the principle of mutual concession.’”