Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) took a direct shot at Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday over the GOP leader's attack on Democrats' spending record.
Reid kicked off the week's Senate session with a rejoinder to McConnell after the minority leader lamented the $13 trillion deficit.
"I am stunned by my friend's short memory of history," Reid said in response. "I just think the memory's a little short, and I think that we should remember that the Democrats haven't created the problems."
McConnell voiced Republican concerns that Democratic policies over the past year and a half have only worsened the U.S. fiscal situation, and about spending bills the Senate is set to take up this week to fund extensions.
"So even in the face of public outrage, Democrats are showing either that they just don’t get it on this issue of the debt, or that they just don’t care," he said in opening remarks this afternoon.
But Reid took time out of his own opening remarks to jab McConnell and other Republicans for having voted against a legislative attempt to establish a commission to create recommendations to balance the budget. President Barack Obama later established a similar commission with an executive order.
"To show the short memory of my friend, the Republican leader, there was legislation we worked on here for a long time," Reid said. "Because of Republicans, it was voted down."
Republicans responded by pointing to billions added to the deficit under the auspices of "emergency" spending since Democrats voted to adopt pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) rules this year.
"Considering that Senate Democrats have added over $230 Billion to the deficit since the new paygo rules went into effect, they don’t have much room to talk," said a Senate GOP aide.
Updated at 2:47 p.m.