“This is a blow to the economy,” Reid said. “The House has within their power the ability to avert a government shutdown.”
Reid criticized Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for not allowing an up-or-down vote on a clean Senate-passed CR that would have kept the government funded through Nov. 15.
The House continued to work Tuesday morning to attach another one-year delay of ObamaCare to the CR and also appoint conferees to form a conference committee with the Senate, but Reid said the Senate would not negotiate with a “gun” to their head. Reid said the Senate would only go to conference if the House passed the clean CR because otherwise, a shutdown wouldn’t be avoided.
Reid said the Senate would return Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. and look at what the House sent over, but if it were more attempts to defund or repeal ObamaCare, the Senate would continue to table those amendments.