Sidelined Harry Reid on Obama and John Boehner: ‘I Wish Them Well’
Taking to the Senate floor with a bit of a bruised ego this morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said that he wishes both President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner well as they proceed to negotiate a potential debt deal.
“There are talks going on between President Obama and Speaker Boehner, I wish them well,” Reid said, “We await their efforts.”
The White House and House Republicans are in discussions on a debt ceiling deal that would include up to $3 trillion in federal spending cuts and a joint commitment to increase tax revenues through tax reform to take place over the next year.
Coming after he faced an angry Democratic caucus yesterday as word of the deal swirled though Capitol Hill, Reid who was caught somewhat flat-footed by the news of the deal, pleaded that as the negotiations go forward that they must be fair.
“I say to both the president and to the speaker here on the Senate floor, representing my Democrats, and I’m confident many Republicans, be very careful. Show a lot of caution as this negotiation goes forward because any arrangement must be fair to all America, not just the wealthy.”