Senate Democrats dug in on their position that they passed a reasonable, bipartisan bill as a two-month stop-gap measure to ensure that Americans’ benefits do not lapse.
In the face of calls for a conference committee between the Senate’s two-month bill and the House’s full-year bill the chamber passed last week, Democrats say that, as of now, they have no plans to appoint conferees.
Each Senate Democratic leader struck back within the past 24 hours, with Reid saying today that Republicans faced a take-it-or-leave-it choice.
“Senator McConnell and I negotiated a compromise at Speaker Boehner’s request. I will not re-open negotiations until the House follows through and passes this agreement that was negotiated by Republican leaders, and supported by 90 percent of the Senate,” Reid said in a statement.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.