Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would not file cloture on the $1.2 trillion omnibus spending bill, saying he doesn not have the votes. Instead, he said he would work with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on a continuing resolution to keep the government funded for the short term.
Reid said he initially had agreements from 9 Republicans to vote for the bill, but that those votes have since evaporated. Brandishing a pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution, Reid defended earmarks, saying it’s one way to preserve the checks and balances put in place by the founders and that ending the practice would transfer too much power to the executive.
He also said he would file cloture on the DREAM Act and the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” repeal, setting up votes for Saturday.