Senate Democratic leaders have said for days they could not take up the president’s proposal until they resolved ongoing legislative battles with Republicans over funding for highway construction, the FAA, FEMA and a bill to keep the government operating into the new fiscal year, which begins October 1. However, they also admitted they needed to sort out the best legislative path forward for the controversial bill they know will get little traction in the GOP-controlled House.
“We had a good discussion this morning as to whether we’re gong to take the whole thing or not,” Reid said. “As far as I’m concerned, I introduced it. I feel comfortable with it. But we’ll have to work this through the caucus.”