“In recent days the public has shown new interest in the gulf between the rich and poor,” said Reid. “It has motivated thousands to occupy parks across the country and make their voices heard.” 

“Apparently they believe America's staggering income inequality makes a good talking point,” said the majority leader.

Reid was referring to the movement that originated on Wall Street in New York in which an eclectic group of Americans have protested on a wide variety of issues that run the gammot from progressive to libertarian. 

Reid contrasted the position of many of those protesters with the position of Senate Republicans.  

“Republicans have refused to ask the rich to contribute a tiny fraction more to secure our economic future even if it costs more jobs,” he said.