On Tuesday night, Reid introduced the American Family Economic Protection Act, which will likely get a vote Thursday, to replace sequestration. BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA warning to Ryan’s successor: The Speakership is no cakewalk With Ryan out, let’s blow up the process for selecting the next Speaker Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election MORE pointed out Tuesday that last year the House passed two sequester-replacement bills so it was time for the Senate to "get off their ass."

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The Democrats’ $110 billion sequester replacement bill, S. 388, would avoid the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts set to take effect Friday, by raising nearly $55 billion in revenue through closing tax loopholes and cutting spending by an equal amount. It would phase in a new minimum tax on those making more than $1 million a year, close corporate tax loopholes, end direct farm payments and delay defense cuts. But Republicans have said they won't accept any tax increases.

Senate Republicans have been fighting about what their plan to replace the sequester will look like. Reid has given Republicans the opportunity to introduce just one bill as an alternative to the Democrats'. Neither is likely to pass.

“Once again Republicans are too busy fighting among themselves to get anything done,” Reid said. “Republicans seem poised to make the biggest mistake of all and let he sequester happen.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP senator: Democratic opposition to Pompeo 'driven 100 percent by politics' Pompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel GOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees MORE (R-Ky.) countered that the Democrats’ plan is “a gimmicky tax hike,” which is unacceptable to GOP members.