One day after pledging to block a trade bill until highway funding and surveillance reauthorization bills were dealt with, Minority Leader Harry Reid doubled-down on that pledge at his weekly news conference Tuesday shortly after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reaffirmed his plan to move a trade bill after the Senate votes on an Iran nuclear review bill.
“If things go as the schedule is outlined, we’re going to finish the Iran bill a week from Thursday. That leaves — by my calculation — one week before the Memorial Day recess,” Reid said. “I can’t imagine why the trade bill is so vitally important that we would — it would trump the FISA bill, which is going to expire at the end of this month, or trump the highway bill, which authorization expires at the end of this month. I can’t imagine what the rush is.”