EARLIER TODAY: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) has accused Senate Republicans of reneging on an agreement made during last week’s meeting with Vice President Joe Biden to hold votes today on two competing spending proposals — the House Republican plan ($61 billion in spending cuts) and the Senate Democratic ($4.7 billion).
“There’s no question that was the agreement made,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “I’m disappointed now that Republicans refuse to keep their word.”
Shortly before Reid spoke, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) once again described the Senate Democratic plan as “unserious,” noting that the cuts it proposes ($4.7 billion) are just slightly more than the daily deficit run by the United States.
“Frankly, it’s just embarrassing,” he said, urging President Obama to get involved in the negotiations because “Democrats in congress cannot bring themselves on their own to get serious. They don’t even want to admit these problems exist.”
“When we finish the patent bill, there will be votes on both the House-passed bill and the status quo Democrat bill,” the aide said. “That has never been in question.”
Reid’s earlier remarks, the aide suggested, amounted to a whole lot of fuss over nothing.
More on Manchin here.
UPDATE II: After what he described as “a few turns in the road,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) has added H.R. 1 to the Senate calendar for Wednesday. Three hours of debate will begin at noon, followed by a vote. Reid has set a 60-vote threshold for passage, and if the vote on H.R. 1 fails (which it will) the Senate will proceed to vote on the Senate Democratic plan, which will also need 60 votes to pass (and won’t get them). “We need to be able to show the American people where we are on these two measures,” Reid said.