“There is no question that that was the agreement made,” said Reid. “No question that that was the deal. But now the Republicans are reneging on that deal. They don't want to vote on their own plan.”
A GOP aide said he expected votes on the spending measures to take place Tuesday evening or Wednesday. The aide said Reid is making accusations to distract people from criticism that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) leveled at Democratic leaders earlier in the morning for not taking a more aggressive approach to reducing spending.
Reid insisted in his comments that he would force a vote on the legislation, whether Republicans liked it or not.
“Well they are going to have a chance to vote on H.R. 1,” Reid said. “I may have to jump through all the procedural hoops to do it in spite of the fact that they made a deal. We are going to do that. The Republicans over here are going to have to vote on that terrible bill. They are going to have to vote on it."