The House GOP proposal to cut $61 billion from federal spending will go down as one of the worst pieces of legislation in the history of Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidSenate passes dozens of bills on way out of town Staff shakeup begins at Dem campaign committee The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Nev.) said Friday.
“This will go down in history as probably one of the worst pieces of legislation that we've drafted in the history of this Congress." Reid said in a floor speech.
He criticized the size of the cuts, as well as some of the policy language attached to the bill.
“It's a very, very, difficult, bad piece of legislation,” said Reid.
Reid has scheduled test votes on the House bill and an alternative spending measure supported by Senate Democrats that would reduce spending by $6.5 billion this year.
“We'll get rid of that, we'll do what we think is responsible — cut spending by $51 billion, and not have all those mean-spirited riders that are attached to H.R. 1,” Reid said.
Reid added that the brawl over the budget in the Congress has turned into a “political exercise” and a “game.”