BREAKING: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) announced Tuesday that Senate Democrats will support a short-term spending bill drafted by House Republicans. The resolution, which is expected to pass the House this afternoon, cuts federal spending by $4 billion over a two-week period. Many of the cuts were taken directly from President Obama’s 2012 budget proposal.
Following a “good discussion” with colleagues during a weekly caucus lunch, Reid told reporters that the Senate will hold a vote on the House bill “in the next 48 hours.”
“We’ll pass this, and then we’ll look to funding the government on a long-term basis,” Reid said. “The sooner we get this short-term funding of the government done, the quicker we can move to a long-term CR. That is where we are headed.”
Despite his apparent support for the measure, Reid said that passing short-term spending measures was “a terrible way to govern.” Senate Democrats, as well as President Obama, had expressed a preference for a longer, 30-day measure, but Reid said Republicans refused to budge.
Reid said he had spoken several times with the president and predicted that Obama would be involved in negotiations over a long-term resolution. Earlier today, House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio), who has also been in contact with the White House, criticized Obama for not being fully engaged in the spending debate.
Reid’s announcement is yet another example of how that debate seems to have shifted in the GOP’s favor.