Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday blamed the Tea Party for pushing the U.S. government to the brink of default.

“The new senators and the new members of Congress who came here, I welcome them all,” said Reid. “But a result of the Tea Party direction of this Congress the last few months has been very, very disconcerting, and very unfair to the American people.”

“It stopped us from arriving at a conclusion much earlier,” said Reid.

Congress cleared legislation on Tuesday to lift the debt limit, averting default. However, many members who associate themselves with the Tea Party voted against the bill.