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Reid vows to defeat Boehner plan

Reid vows to defeat Boehner plan

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidFeinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight Whitehouse says Democratic caucus will decide future of Judiciary Committee Bottom line MORE (D-Nev.) on Tuesday said Democrats would defeat the latest proposal from House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerPrinciples to unify America Feehery: A possible House Speaker conundrum for Democrats Obama on bipartisanship: 'There is a way to reach out and not be a sap' MORE (R-Ohio) to raise the debt ceiling.

He accused BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerPrinciples to unify America Feehery: A possible House Speaker conundrum for Democrats Obama on bipartisanship: 'There is a way to reach out and not be a sap' MORE of being beholden to Tea Party conservatives in his caucus, and questioned the Speaker’s commitment to avoiding a default.

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“Speaker Boehner's plan is not a compromise. It was written for the Tea Party, not the American people. Democrats will not vote for it. Democrats will not vote for it. Democrats will not vote for it,” Reid said.

“It's dead on arrival in the Senate, if they get it out of the House,” he added.

Reid reiterated that it is the firm position of Senate Democrats that a short-term increase in the debt limit is not acceptable.

“We're not going to have a short-term extension, so there's no discussions regarding that. We will not do that. The president won't agree to that and my caucus will not agree to it,” Reid said.

Boehner’s plan would raise the debt ceiling by about $1 trillion, requiring Congress to act again next year to extend borrowing authority beyond the 2012 election.

The White House announced Tuesday that senior administration officials would recommend President Obama veto Boehner’s proposal.

“The administration strongly opposes House passage of the amendment in the nature of a substitute to S. 627. If 627 is presented to the president, the president’s senior advisors would recommend that he veto this bill,” read the statement of administration policy.

Watch Reid below. 

This story was updated at 4:20 p.m.