Reid's remarks came after a bruising defeat on Wednesday night for President Obama's jobs bill, which garnered the support of just half the Senate in a procedural vote. Several Democrats voting to bring the bill to the floor said they actually opposed the underlying legislation in its current shape.

No Republicans supported the $447 billion spending bill, but Reid said two GOP members had told him after the vote that they might support some elements of the bill if they were brought up alone. 

"I am looking forward to working with my Republican colleagues in moving parts of the bill they like," concluded Reid on Thursday morning.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (R-Ky.), for his part, seemed open to considering the parts of the bill that cut taxes.

"Pieces of the second stimulus might well be appropriate," said McConnell in response to Reid's floor speech.