Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidIf Gorsuch pick leads to 'crisis,' Dems should look in mirror first Senate confirms Mulvaney to be Trump’s budget chief Democrats declare victory after Puzder bows out 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 VitterMercury brings on former Sen. Vitter, two others Lobbying World Bottom Line 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 LandrieuFive unanswered questions after Trump's upset victory Pavlich: O’Keefe a true journalist Trump’s implosion could cost GOP in Louisiana Senate race 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.