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Reid: Dems ‘likely’ to block spending bill

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday warned hours ahead of a vote that Democrats are willing to block a short-term spending bill if help for Flint, Mich., isn’t included in the package.

“The Republican proposal will likely fail to get cloture this afternoon for good reason,” he said from the Senate floor. “The Republican legislation missed the mark.”

{mosads}The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday afternoon on a GOP proposal to fund the government through Dec. 9. The measure earned swift opposition from top Democrats because it doesn’t include aid for the Flint drinking-water crisis.

Reid on Tuesday blasted Republicans for creating a “manufactured crisis” ahead of the Friday deadline to fund the government.

“Would it be asking too much for the Speaker of the House … [and] the Republican leader of the Senate to stand and say we’re going to get that thing done, we’re going to pass it?” he asked.

With at least two GOP senators saying they will vote against the measure, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will need at least eight Democrats to support moving forward with the bill.

McConnell hit back at Democrats on Tuesday, accusing them of playing “election-year politics.”

“This 10-week funding bill need not be some titanic struggle for the ages. It’s just a 10-week funding bill,” he said. “It’s hard to believe Democrats would really be wiling to hold up this commonsense package.”

Eight Senate Democrats — led by Reid — sent a letter to McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) urging them to reopen negotiations on a deal.

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