Conrad at peace with Reid keeping budget off floor

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Conrad said that Reid is correct to argue that the August debt-ceiling deal set up spending levels for 2013, but he said a long-term debt plan is needed.

“To me, it is really worth the effort,” he said.

Conrad told ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) that if the committee can come together on a bipartisan plan, it might be able to convince party leaders to bring a budget to the floor.

“If we want to convince leadership that it is worth floor time, we have to get agreement among ourselves,” he said.

In his response, Sessions said he wants to work with Conrad but also said things will be different if Republicans take the Senate in the fall elections.

“If I have the opportunity, and I think the Republican leadership has an opportunity next year, we are going to write a budget. It’s going to be a budget that the House and the Senate agree to; it’s going to change the debt course of this country; and it is not going to continue this cloud over our future,” he said.