“We have wasted months and months because of obstructionism,” Reid said. “We are trying to find time to do lots of things.”
Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Kelley Ayotte (N.H.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) had argued in a colloquy, just moments before, that Reid ought not to hold up the funding bill, which cleared committee by strong support, over a single provision he or President Obama oppose.
“I always believe these issues were to be resolved through debate,” McCain said.