Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday rejected GOP calls to vote on the debt-ceiling portion of President Obama’s deficit-reduction package.
Reid initially signaled he could agree to a vote on the Obama plan to allow the administration to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling. But the Democratic leader withdrew that offer after he said Republicans insisted it be subject to a 60-vote threshold.
The battle continues an ongoing fight between Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as the two seek the upper hand with voters in the latest tax-and-spending fight in Washington.
McConnell on Wednesday began pressing for Reid to allow a Senate vote on Obama’s deficit-reduction proposal, believing it could embarrass Democrats if some voted against the president’s plan.
After Reid rejected McConnell’s suggestion, the GOP leader on Thursday called for a vote on just the debt-limit powers in Obama’s plan.