Reid: GOP siding with Big Oil rather than taxpayers

"Senate Republicans will never side with American taxpayers against Big Oil," said Reid. "It’s against their nature."

Republicans surprised Democrats on Monday by voting to bring the legislation, authored by Sen. Robert MenendezRobert MenendezDemocrats press Wells Fargo CEO for more answers on scandal Dem senator: Louisiana Republican 'found Jesus' on flood funding Taiwan and ICAO: this is the time MORE (D-N.J.), to the Senate floor.

With gas prices rising, Republican leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnell9/11 bill is a global blunder that will weaken US efforts abroad States urged to bolster election security How the White House got rolled on the Saudi-9/11 bill MORE (Ky.) urged his caucus to bring the bill to the floor in order to argue in debate that the $24 billion tax hike suggested in the bill would only be passed on to consumers, driving prices at the pump even higher. Republicans are expected to vote to kill the legislation later this week. 

Reid on Tuesday said the American people shouldn't be "fooled by last night’s bipartisan vote" because Republicans had already proven with rhetoric that they oppose the legislation to "roll back billions in handouts to oil companies making record profits."