Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidOvernight Finance: Obama signs Puerto Rico bill | Trump steps up attacks on trade | Dodd-Frank backers cheer 'too big to fail' decision | New pressure to fill Ex-Im board Iowa poll: Clinton up 14 on Trump, Grassley in tight race with Dem Lynch meeting with Bill Clinton creates firestorm for email case MORE (D-Nev.) said he was “offended” by the dilatory threats of GOP senators posed last week against a bill to fund the Small Business Administration (SBA) and he touted the legislation as Democrat's third major bill to promote job creation this year.
A procedural vote to allow the bill to the floor is scheduled for Monday afternoon but a group of senators lead by Sen. David VitterDavid VitterFed chairwoman blasts Trump on debt Senate campaign posts private conversation on Facebook Rand Paul endorses in La. Senate race MORE (R-La.) sent a letter to Reid late last week threatening to halt progress on any bill that does not deal directly with deficit reduction.
"I can’t imagine anything so senseless," said Reid on Monday afternoon responding to a reporter's question about the letter. "This program creates jobs. Jobs. It is good for our economy. It is good for individual states. It is good for innovation and for our country. To be honest with you I am a little offended by that letter."
Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Landrieu oil is changing the world and Washington Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Republican announces bid for Vitter’s seat MORE (D-La.), who is the floor manager for the SBA authorization bill, criticized the Republican hard line on bills not directly related to deficit reduction.
“That view is very shortsighted and that argument is going to fall by the wayside because people are smarter than that,” Landrieu said.