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Heat Rises in Fight Over Spending

Bill Clark/Roll Call
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday said tea party pressure had kept Speaker John Boehner from the negotiating table on federal spending over the weekend.

“It is clear that because Senator Reid refuses to make any spending cuts, he instead plans to force a massive future tax hike on families and small business people. In the scope of our debt crisis, if Senator Reid and Sen. Schumer force the government to partially shut down over these sensible spending cuts, Americans will hold them accountable,” Cantor said in a statement.

There was also dispute brewing behind the scenes over which side — and who — was doing more to undermine the talks. 

Democrats targeted the tea party movement for keeping GOP leaders on the negotiating  sidelines, while Republicans argued that Senate Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.) undermined the talks by making what they charged were inflammatory and counterproductive statements about the GOP’s role. 

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