Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is keeping a $1 trillion omnibus spending bill from moving forward to win leverage in a separate fight over taxes, Republican lawmakers claimed Tuesday.
Reid said he believes Republicans are not being sincere in their desire to extend the President’s payroll tax holiday. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Democrats are holding the tax break hostage in their refusal to consider a provision addressing the Keystone XL pipeline, according to Roll Call.
“The Majority Leader signaled yesterday that he and the president are so determined to turn even the most bipartisan job-creating legislation into a political issue that he’ll ask his Members to hold off on signing the government-funding legislation they’ve already agreed to — just to hand the president what they view as a political victory this week,” McConnell said. “This isn’t just irresponsible, it’s reckless.”
If Congress does not approve the omnibus bill or a continuing resolution to providing funding for government by Friday, most of the government would shut down.