By Alexander Bolton - 07/17/12 07:36 PM EDT
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDHS chief: 21 states sought help over election hacking concerns The missed opportunity of JASTA States urged to bolster election security MORE (D-Nev.) suggested Tuesday that former Vice President Dick Cheney’s concern over defense cuts is motivated by his ties to Halliburton, a major defense contractor.
Cheney served as CEO of Halliburton from 1995 to 2000.
Cheney met with Senate Republicans Tuesday afternoon to warn them of the national security implications of the impending $500 billion in sequester cuts to the defense budget.
“Well, Vice President Cheney's up here. We know that before he became vice president, he worked for Halliburton. Halliburton did extremely well during his time as vice president, and I assume there's going to be some concern about Halliburton again in this conversation they're going to have today,” Reid told reporters.
Reid scolded the media for focusing on the political battle over looming defense cuts and not giving enough coverage to scheduled cuts to social programs.
“My press friends here, tend to focus as if sequester is a one-sided vehicle, that it only dealt with defense. That's not true,” he said.
Reid wrapped up his press conference by backing Sen. Patty MurrayPatty MurrayElection-year politics: Senate Dems shun GOP vulnerables Congress approves .1B in Zika funds Lawmakers pledge push for cures bill in lame-duck MORE’s (D-Wash.) warning delivered at the Brookings Institution on Monday that Democrats are willing to let all the Bush-era tax rates expire if Republicans do not agree to raise taxes on those earning above $250,000 annually.
“We have to have a balanced deal. Sen. Murray was chair of the supercommittee. She speaks with some authority,” Reid said.
“Patty Murray knows what she's talking about,” he added.