Reid: GOP spending bill among ‘worst pieces’ of legislation in history

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 Reid (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.

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Both bills are expected to fail to reach the 60-vote mark needed for passage, meaning both sides will have to cede ground on their spending positions.

“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.”