Senate Democrats

Reid: Republicans Can’t Let The Tea Party Call The Shots

The Answer Lies In The Middle – Neither Party Can Pass A Budget Without The Other Party

Washington, DCNevada Senator Harry Reid made the following remarks today regarding budget negotiations, which had been derailed by Republican infighting. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

“As the country watches, we continue to work toward a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to keep the country running. Let me update the Senate on where we stand.

“I want to update everyone on how things look from the negotiating table. Much of the criticism in this process has come from people who aren’t even sitting at the negotiating table.

“But I am. And so is Speaker Boehner. I’m glad he’s returned to the conversation.

“It’s obvious that he has a difficult situation on his hands. I don’t envy him. He’s getting a lot of pressure from the Tea Party to dig in his heels, even if it hurts the country and shatters our fragile economic recovery.

“What’s worse, the country doesn’t much care for the Tea Party. There’s a new CNN poll out this morning that says as much. Half of the country views their views unfavorably. If the Tea Party isn’t the most unpopular it’s ever been, it’s awfully close.

“So let me reiterate my hope that the Republican leadership recognizes that they can’t continue to be pulled to the right by a radical, unrealistic, unreasonable and unpopular faction. If they want to move the country forward, they can’t let the Tea Party call the shots.

“Our proposal still stands. It’s the number the Republicans were for, before they were against it. We got to that number by relying on reality, not ideology.

“So I repeat: we know the answer lies in the middle. Neither party can pass a budget without the other party. We’ve already proven that. Neither chamber can send it to the president without the other chamber.

“I look forward to getting this done so we can avoid the many terrible consequences that would come with a shutdown. We don’t want that to happen – and if it’s up to Democrats, it won’t.”