Pence, a member of the Republican Study Committee, mocked Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDems leery of Planned Parenthood cuts spark Senate scuffle Overnight Finance: Senate sends Puerto Rico bill to Obama | Treasury, lawmakers to meet on tax rules | Obama hits Trump on NAFTA | Fed approves most banks' capital plans Senate passes Puerto Rico debt relief bill MORE (D-Nev.) for defending federal spending on a cowboy poetry festival in Nevada and for saying GOP cuts are "mean-spirited."
"It's time to take a stand for fiscal responsibility and reform," he said. "We have to say this far, and no farther.
"And make no mistake about it, if we make this fight, we can win this fight because the American people are on our side," Pence concluded.
Earlier Thursday, Reid said Democrats are ready to negotiate on a budget deal, but he did not offer any specifics.