Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidWeek ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road 'Tuesday Group' turncoats must use recess to regroup on ObamaCare MORE (D-Nev.) harshly criticized Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Monday for shifting his rhetoric on the House-passed Republican budget, which Democrats contend would "kill Medicare."
"Though the Republican House passed the Medicare-killing plan almost unanimously, sometimes it’s difficult to tell where the Republican Party stands generally," said Reid.
"And remember he said it’s radical, it’s right-wing social engineering and suddenly he said it’s OK," concluded Reid. "That is some real interesting gymnastics."
Gingrich said last week he had apologized to Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanOvernight Tech: Dem wants to see FCC chief's net neutrality plans | New agency panel on telecom diversity | Trump calls NASA astronaut Poll: Disapproval growing of Paul Ryan, GOP Congress Overnight Finance: Trump to impose tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber | Trump wants 15 percent corporate tax rate | Fight over border wall funding | Deal clears way for vote on trade pick MORE (R-Wis.), the budget plan's author, for his criticism of its Medicare reforms. Gingrich's spokesman said his boss's previous comments had included "inartful terms."
The GOP plan would cut $5.8 trillion in spending over 10 years and transform Medicare into a sort of voucher system. It would balance the budget by 2040 without raising taxes.
The budget proposal passed the House in March in a 235-193 with no Democratic support. Four Republicans opposed it.