Reid suggests Dems will block defense spending bill

 Reid suggests Dems will block defense spending bill
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' 2020 Democrats fight to claim Obama's mantle on health care Reid says he wishes Franken would run for Senate again MORE (D-Nev.) warned on Wednesday that Democrats will block a defense spending bill this week for a third time. 

Reid said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Hobbled NRA shows strength with Trump MORE (R-Ky.) was "wasting the Senate's time" by repeatedly filing procedural motions to move forward with the defense bill that "he knows will fail."
 
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Democrats already have blocked two procedural votes on the bill as part of a push for a larger budget agreement. 
 
McConnell sought to pressure Democrats Wednesday, saying that with a budget deal reached they should let the legislation move forward. 

“I think it’s time to finally support the men and women who volunteer to protect us," he said. “The last excuse not to do so — the setting of a topline budget number — has been cleared away. There’s no reason our colleagues shouldn’t join us in moving forward now." 

The $579 billion House-passed spending bill would need to be amended to match spending levels under the budget agreement. Under the accord, defense spending would be set at $607 billion, including $59 billion in war funding. 

But Democrats, including Reid, are voicing concerns about moving a stand-alone defense spending bill. 
 
The Nevada Democrat said that Republicans "tried this piecemeal approach already. It didn't work." 
 
Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSaagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? Johnson eyes Irish border in Brexit negotiations Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' MORE (D-N.Y.), who is expected to be the next Democratic leader, told reporters on Tuesday that Republicans could go back on the budget bargain if defense spending is increased first. 
 
"We could pass a defense bill and then they could say, 'Well, we'll do a [continuing resolution] on the rest of it,' violating the 50-50 deal. We need to negotiate an omnibus all at once and all together," he said.