Harry Reid's Failure
Cracks in the foundation. Harry Reid can't keep his caucus together. He thought that he could ram a politically crafted unemployment insurance bill down Republican throats. He couldn't.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says he is now open to considering Republican amendments to a bill extending emergency unemployment benefits through most of 2014.
On Thursday, Reid clashed with several Republicans after saying he didn't want to consider any changes to an amended version of the bill. Reid's amendment paid for an 11-month extension by extending the sequester for another year, into 2024.
Republicans have other ideas on how to pay for the benefits, but Reid dismissed them.
"We get nowhere with dueling amendments," Reid said. "We have learned that in the past. Dueling amendments don't do the trick."ADVERTISEMENT
But on Friday, a spokesman for Reid said Democrats would allow some limited number of germane amendments to the bill when it comes up next week.