By Ramsey Cox
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he hopes Senate Republicans won’t be afraid of their “Tea Party overlords” and help Democrats raise the debt ceiling Wednesday.
“It was just a few months ago that Republicans in the House — by a two-thirds majority — voted to keep the government closed and voted to default,” Reid said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “So I hope the Senate will not follow that Tea Party driven action.”
“I commend Speaker [John] Boehner for doing the right thing,” Reid said. “I’m pleased that he has come to the realization that the full faith and credit of the United States is not a hostage.”
Reid said he wants the Senate to quickly pass the legislation Wednesday, but that some Republican senators are objecting.
“It’s too bad that a few Republicans would threaten a filibuster of this crucial legislation,” Reid said.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has said he would force a 60-vote majority on the bill, which doesn't make any spending concessions. However, the Senate is likely to easily have the 60 votes necessary to advance it and pass it.