Reid said “radicals” and “extremists” within the Republican Party are threatening a government shutdown if they insist on defunding ObamaCare in a resolution to fund the government.
“The reviews are in and they’re universal that the ransom being demanded by House Republicans to keep the government funded are unacceptable,” Reid said. “Are extremist Republicans really willing to shutdown the government? Only time will tell.”
Reid is planning to advance H.J. Res. 59 in the Senate this week and strip out the language that defunds ObamaCare. That will send the measure back to the House, where it’s unclear whether Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will allow the measure to pass.
Lawmakers have to reach a deal by Oct. 1 — the start of the new fiscal year — or else the government will shut down.
Reid said the Senate would move as quickly as "Tea Party Republicans" will allow on passing a spending resolution.
Reid tried to get a unanimous consent agreement to consider a handful of executive branch nominees, but Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) objected. Cruz along with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) have threatened to filibuster the spending resolution if the majority leader removes the ObamaCare language.