WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office confirmed reports on Tuesday that the Nevada Democrat is thinking of holding a vote on Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget. That would force moderate Republican senators to take an uncomfortable political stand.
“He’s considering it,” Reid’s top spokesman Jon Summers told The Huffington Post.
The idea, first reported in The Hill newspaper, would be to build off the skeptical reaction that the Ryan budget has engendered at local town hall events this past week. After voting in near unanimity to pass the measure — which would make drastic spending cuts, lower tax rates and fundamentally alter Medicare and Medicaid — House Republicans have faced hostile receptions back home.