The House GOP proposal to cut $61 billion from federal spending will go down as one of the worst pieces of legislation in the history of Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid calls on Democrats to plow forward on immigration Democrats brace for tough election year in Nevada The Memo: Biden's horizon is clouded by doubt MORE (D-Nev.) said Friday.
“This will go down in history as probably one of the worst pieces of legislation that we've drafted in the history of this Congress." Reid said in a floor speech.
He criticized the size of the cuts, as well as some of the policy language attached to the bill.
“It's a very, very, difficult, bad piece of legislation,” said Reid.
Reid has scheduled test votes on the House bill and an alternative spending measure supported by Senate Democrats that would reduce spending by $6.5 billion this year.
Both bills are expected to fail to reach the 60-vote mark needed for passage, meaning both sides will have to cede ground on their spending positions.
“We'll get rid of that, we'll do what we think is responsible — cut spending by $51 billion, and not have all those mean-spirited riders that are attached to H.R. 1,” Reid said.
Reid added that the brawl over the budget in the Congress has turned into a “political exercise” and a “game.”