Reid Intent on Omnibus, Shuns Another CR

Posted December 16, 2010 at 2:57pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that he has no plans on pursuing a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government and will instead move ahead with his plan to pass an omnibus spending bill.

The Nevada Democrat also lashed out at GOP critics of the bill’s earmarks, arguing their opposition is merely political posturing and hypocritical because many of them have earmarks in the legislation.

“You can’t have it both ways. If you go to H in the dictionary and see hypocrites, under that would be people who ask for earmarks but vote against them,” he said.

Despite conservative threats to force a reading of the bill — a tactic that would delay passage until after the midnight Saturday deadline to avoid a government shutdown — Reid told reporters he will try to file cloture on the omnibus Thursday afternoon or evening.

“We’ll take care of this. … We’re going to proceed as we are. I hope to sometime in the next 24 hours to file cloture” on the omnibus, Reid said.

The Majority Leader also reiterated his intent to hold votes on a laundry list of other issues before the end of the 111th Congress, including the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, a repeal of the military ban on openly gay service members, an immigration measure and a handful of nominations.

“We are in session, if necessary, until Jan. 5,” he said.