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.) warned Republican leaders not to listen to members in their caucus calling for yet another government shutdown in an effort to thwart President Obama on immigration.
“Republican leaders want to work together to keep the government funded,” Reid said on the Senate floor Monday. “We’ve heard there will be no government shut down, but some in their caucus are saying some scary things.”
Some Republicans have suggested blocking a long-term funding bill to keep the government open unless it contains language preventing presidential executive orders on immigration.
Lawmakers have until Dec. 11 to pass a funding bill to prevent another government shutdown. Last year, Republicans caused a government shutdown for nearly two weeks over the funding of ObamaCare.
“Sadly though we’ve seen this before — the government has been shutdown,” Reid said. “How is it possible that there is even talk of not funding our government — again?”
Reid said he hopes GOP leaders can stand up to “Tea Party radicals” who intend on "holding our government hostage.”
In addition to the spending bill, Reid said the Senate must pass a tax extender package, reauthorize the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and confirm dozens of Obama nominations before the end of the year.
Democrats will no longer control the Senate next year, after losing several seats in the midterm elections.