Republicans are “afraid of the Tea Party” and afraid to make tough choices, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday night. 

“We know the Republicans are afraid of the Tea Party," said Reid said. "Now it looks like they’re also afraid of making tough choices."

Reid spoke just hours before he plans to summit once again with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and President Obama at the White House in an attempt to stave off a looming government shutdown.

“Making tough choices is what governing is all about," said Reid. "They are what leadership is all about. It’s time for my friends in the House of Representatives to stop campaigning and start governing. It’s time for them to lead.”

Reid said another short-term funding measure, which House Republicans called for on Wednesday, is not acceptable. The current stopgap measure expires Friday.

"We can’t keep funding the country with one stopgap after another," he said. "The United States of America shouldn’t have to live paycheck to paycheck.