The Senate's Democratic leader is reminding House Republicans pressing him to avert automatic defense cuts that they voted for the cuts last year. He insisted that only compromising on taxes will spare the military.
Majority Leader Harry Reid sent a biting letter to the GOP members of the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Republicans had written him in June demanding that he propose a plan to avoid the across-the-board cuts that take effect Jan. 2 to defense and domestic programs or stop obstructing GOP plans.
Reid sarcastically thanked the lawmakers for the letter "urging the Senate to renege on spending cuts" that President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans agreed to last August. He urged them to focus their energies on convincing Republicans to compromise and consider taxes.