By Alexander Bolton - 09/24/13 10:00 AM EDT
By accepting the funding number set by House Republicans, Reid has given the GOP some political cover — if they drop their ObamaCare defunding demands, that is.
They hope Reid and Senate Democrats will argue in the weeks ahead that federal spending levels should be increased in the next round of budget talks.
A senior Democratic aide said Reid will likely accept the funding level embraced by House Republicans, which continues spending at current levels.
“I would imagine yes,” said the aide.
Another Democratic aide said, “That seems to be almost 100 percent.”