Reid pulls spending bill after spat with GOP

Reid pulls spending bill after spat with GOP

[Ed. – GOP obstructionism strikes again.]

In a major blow to efforts to get Congress’ troubled budget process back on track, the Senate’s top Democrat yanked a $180 billion spending measure from the Senate floor Thursday after Republicans protested a plan that would have denied them the chance to more easily win changes to the measure.

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pulled the bill after Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., thwarted a move to require a supermajority 60-vote threshold for adoption of amendments to the measure.

Reid was also a force in canceling committee consideration Thursday of a separate energy and water projects spending bill after McConnell appeared poised to win a vote aimed as an assault on new government rules on carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.

Democrats feared that McConnell was also in a position to force a vote on the controversial carbon emissions issue on the floor measure, which appeared to be a major factor in Reid’s insistence on a filibuster-proof margin for amendments to that measure.

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