As Americans pore over the newly released details of the bipartisan $39.9 billion in cuts agreed to last week, Majority Leader Harry Reid is defending the deal as a success for Democrats.
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"While both parties may agree, in principle, that a budget is more than simply a collection of numbers, our priorities couldn't be more different," Reid said in a statement. He went on to list a number of areas where the GOP failed to secure their demands, repeatedly declaring that Democrats "stayed true to our values," and used the agreement to highlight key differences between the parties.
"Throughout this debate, we stayed true to our values," he said. "The American people noticed, and they're glad we did. By clear majorities, our constituents are glad we stood up for health reform, for women's health, for cleaner air, and on and on."