Below are notes from FNC’s Chad Pergram:
Urgent: Reid when asked if he will accept the House GOP debt limit bill as is: “Yes.”
Per Pergram-Capitol Hill
Extraordinary press conference by Senate Democratic leaders as they essentially call the bluff of House GOPers and agree to take the pending House Republican-crafted plan to suspend the debt limit and agree to no budget/no pay.
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) when asked if he will accept the House GOP debt limit bill “as is”:
I’m pleased Speaker Bohener changed course and will allow a vote today.
In substance, this is a clearn debt limit increase.
Reid on GOP saying the Senate hasn’t approved a budget:
Understand that is not true. Republicans voted on the Budget Control Act (the measure to increase the debt limit in August, 2011 which created the supercommittee and the sequester).
The Senate will return to the regular order (of passing budgets).
I thank Speaker Boehner for his leadership in defusing the debt ceiling fights. See, not everything here has to be a big fight.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on the GOP retreat in Williamsburg, VA last week where the debt limit plan was hatched:
The retreat had a mellowing effect on their memebrs. Deep breathing exercises. Perhaps smooth jazz Muzak.
Republicans are in full-on retreat.
The president stared the Republcians down and they blinked.
This gives us something we can work with in the Senate.
Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA) on the no pay provision:
They may have needed to throw some red meat to their tea party to move the bill through the House. Whatever.
· I assk Reid by th good cop, bad cop. House Democrats excoriated the Republicans earlier for this approach:
We believe this is a way forward….that’s why I sent bouquets in my remarks to the Speaker.
Anything we do will be based on a budget.
Reid on reporters asking about the Senate not passing a budget:
Stop taking that bait.
· At the end, a reporter asks Reid if they will still go through the “vote-a-rama,” a tradition when tackling the budget resolution…which usually requires an entire day, consumed by nothing but around-the-clock votes.
Unless you can find a way out of it…
Senior Producer for Capitol Hill