Republicans have said the measure is a gimmick that would not lead to real savings, and they have called on Democrats to focus on cutting waste.

Earlier today, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPolitical figures pay tribute to Charles Krauthammer Charles Krauthammer dies at the age of 68 Overnight Energy: EPA declines to write new rule for toxic spills | Senate blocks move to stop Obama water rule | EPA bought 'tactical' pants and polos MORE (R-Ky.) said Reid's billĀ goes against President Obama's preferred plan of replacing the sequester with new taxes.