U.S. Senate leader warns against Obamacare-funding bill link

WASHINGTON Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:24pm EDT

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D-NV) speaks to reporters after Senate luncheons as he is accompanied by Sen. Jeff Merkley, (D-OR) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) at Capitol Hill in Washington, July 16, 2013. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D-NV) speaks to reporters after Senate luncheons as he is accompanied by Sen. Jeff Merkley, (D-OR) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) at Capitol Hill in Washington, July 16, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, warned congressional Republicans on Monday that he will not go along with any temporary government spending bill that contains controversial add-ons, such as denying funds for "Obamacare."

With just a week before funding for U.S. agencies is set to expire unless Congress acts, Reid said that House of Representatives leaders in coming days will "face a choice: Either pass a clean CR or shut down the federal government."

A "CR" is shorthand for a "continuing resolution," which is a temporary funding bill to keep government operating in the fiscal year starting October 1.

(Reporting By Richard Cowan; Editing by Bill Trott)

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LoveJoyOne wrote:
Right on.

No more blackmail from the Fleaparty.

Sep 23, 2013 3:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
flashrooster wrote:
One can make an apt analogy between a suicide bomber from the Middle East and the adherent minions of the Republican party. Both are told to sacrifice themselves in order to cause death and destruction to others. Both mindlessly, obediently obey. And both take their directions for those who really don’t give a dam about them and take great measures to protect their own personal interests. At some point the rest of us are going to have to organize and push back. And there are some powerful forces at play that will do everything in their considerable power to keep that from happening. So far they’ve been quite successful. They are the ones who finance those who do the recruiting and give the directives.

Sep 23, 2013 4:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
willich6 wrote:
Reid can moan and groan all he wants; he can pose and threaten, he can even draw ‘red lines’ for all I care; but in the end he’s a politician and will make a deal…. and he knows it…
This is all posturing for the media which will breathlessly report all the goverment jobs and families at risk every night on the evening news with heart-rending pictures of children going without meals and widows being evicted from their govt subsidized housing… Don’t buy it.. This is the game they all play.. and in the end he will make a deal… and he knows it…

Sep 23, 2013 4:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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