Reid: Tea Party 'trying to move its extreme social agenda'

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April 8, 2011, 11:47 am
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(NECN: Washington, D.C.) - With hours to go until the federal government shuts down, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took aim at Republicans and members of the Tea Party on the Senate floor. He says both sides agreed on cutting $38 billion from the budget, but the holdup came from social issues and the funding of Planned Parenthood.

"The Tea Party is trying to move its extreme social agenda, issues that have nothing to do with funding the government," said Reid. "They're willing, it appears, clearly, to throw women under the bus, even if it means they'll shut down the government, because that's where we are. That is the one issue that was remaining last night. That agenda is an extreme agenda."

Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner insisted the disagreement was solely over budget spending cuts, and called for the Senate to pass a troop funding bill in case a federal government shutdown occurs.

Tags: Harry Reid, tea party, John Boehner, shutdown, Planned Parenthood, federal spending
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