Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDems want Sessions to recuse himself from Trump-Russia probe Ryan says Trump, GOP 'in complete sync' on ObamaCare Congress has a mandate to repeal ObamaCare MORE (D-Nev.) said Thursday he’s ready to compromise on spending after a GOP spending-cut bill won more votes in the Senate than the Democratic alternative.
“We accept the lessons of yesterday's vote,” Reid said in floor comments. “We know we’ll have to make a sacrifice to reach consensus, and we are willing to do that.”
The GOP measure, which would cut spending this year by $57 billion, lost by a vote of 44-56, while the Democratic bill to cut $6.5 billion was rejected, 42-58.
Reid also noted the looming March 18 deadline, when the stopgap that is currently funding the government will expire. If Congress does not approve a new funding measure, there would be a government shutdown.
“It's time to get down to business,” said Reid. “My Republican colleagues set the deadline, and the responsibility of meeting it is as much yours as mine.
“It’s time for all political posturing to end,” added Reid.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellGOP senators introducing ObamaCare replacement Monday Senators introduce dueling miners bills Dems demand second hearing for Trump's Education nominee MORE (R-Ky.) also spoke on the Senate floor Thursday morning but focused his remarks on a criticism of the administration’s energy policies.