In a letter sent Wednesday to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) asked House Republicans to pass a temporary government spending bill and then appoint House members to negotiate with the Senate on a long-term budget.
It’s Reid’s rebuttal to Boehner’ move Monday night, asking for negotiations over the temporary spending bill. The counteroffer is: Get the government reopened, and we’ll then negotiate on government spending.
Boehner’s office quickly dismissed the proposal. “Offering to negotiate only after Democrats get everything they want is not much of an offer,” Boehner spokesman MIchael Steel said in a statement.
The full letter is below.