Reid's parting shot to Boehner: Pass our bill, or it's a shutdown
By Pete Kasperowicz - 09/27/13 04:22 PM ET
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Friday that the Senate is done acting on legislation to avert a government shutdown and that House Republicans have no choice but to pass the Senate's bill if they want to keep the government open.
"I want everyone to listen and to hear: The United States Senate has acted," Reid said on the Senate floor. "This is the only legislation that can avert a government shutdown, and that time is ticking as we speak."
Reid's made the statement just before closing down the Senate until 2 p.m. Monday.
"In the meantime … if Speaker [John] Boehner [R-Ohio] wants to avoid a government shutdown, he will pass our resolution," he said. "Otherwise, it's a government shutdown."
Reid thanked Senate Republicans and Democrats for voting to end debate on the bill today. Twenty-five Republicans joined every Senate Democrat in voting to end debate, even though Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) warned that vote would let Democrats strip language from the bill to defund ObamaCare.
Reid said House Republicans should think "long and hard" over the weekend about how to proceed and said the American people deserve more than a Congress that lurches from crisis to crisis.
The House meets Saturday to consider its next steps on the Senate bill, which funds the government through Nov. 15.