Unlike his Republican counterparts, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R-NV) says he'll make no ironclad demands in negotiations over raising the national debt limit. But he hinted that he favors an approach that's at odds with Republican goals, and the stated goals of members of his own party.
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"We're not going to be drawing any lines in the sand," he told reporters on a conference call Wednesday afternoon.
That suggests Dems have given up on the idea that they can force Republicans to raise the debt limit without attached measures aimed at reducing deficits, particularly by cutting spending. Reid says Congress will be able to mix and match ideas from a number of floating plans, including the House GOP budget, a forthcoming budget authored by Senate Budget Committee Kent Conrad, the bipartisan Gang of Six's soon-to-be released deficit reduction plan, and the fiscal framework President Obama outlined in his deficit speech earlier this month.