"The Republican leader and I have talked individually, personally, away from everyone about the need to get this done for the integrity of the Senate," said Reid, speaking from the Senate floor.

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Reid was responding, in part, to a bipartisan cadre of senators who on Monday night demanded leadership restore the appropriations process required by law, which has not been strictly followed since at least 2005.

Reid said the speeches delivered from the floor on Monday night inspired him and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.) to push forward with the bills. Reid also noted, however, that due to the partisan nature of the Senate, the job would not be easy and would require the cooperation of all of his colleagues.  

"We need the agreement of Senate Republicans and Democrats that we work together to complete this important work," he said.