Reid Praises Boehner For Bashing Conservative Orgs: ‘A Breath Of Fresh Air’


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) praised House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for snapping at conservative outside groups for pushing lawmakers to oppose a two-year bipartisan budget deal introduced by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA).

“I think it was a breath of fresh air as far as I’m concerned,” Reid said at a press conference where he was flanked by Sens. Dick Durbin (IL), Charles Schumer (NY), and Murray, the other members of the Senate Democratic leadership.

A day earlier, Boehner slammed the groups (which include Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, and Heritage Action) at a press conference for quickly denouncing the budget framework.

“They’re using our members and they’re using the American people for their own goals. This is ridiculous,” Boehner, visibly angry, said. Boehner made similar comments on Thursday.

“Why are they doing this?” Reid continued Thursday. “What is this supposed to accomplish? It is showing the American people why the rules had to be changed.”

Reid’s rule’s comment was a reference to his decision to remove the filibuster option from executive and judicial appointments save the Supreme Court in the chamber.