Speaking now on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) says he is “sorry and disappointed” to announce that he does not have the votes for the omnibus spending package. Instead, he will work with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to draft a temporary continuing resolution to fund the government into early next year.
Reid says nine Republican Senators had approached him today to tell him that while they would like to see the bill passed, they could not vote for it. He did not reveal the names of the nine.
Reid says he intends to hold cloture votes on the DREAM act and repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, with an aim toward holding full votes on Saturday.