Outrage On The Left And Right As Senate Delays Spending Vote

Dec 13, 2014
Originally published on December 13, 2014 2:21 pm
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Senators will also head to the Capitol today. Last night, they were poised to pass the trillion dollar spending bill that narrowly cleared the House this week. But members of both parties found reasons to resist the measure. Senate lawmakers will reconvene today and will work through the weekend if necessary to try to pass the spending bill. NPR's Ailsa Chang reports.

AILSA CHANG, BYLINE: Usually something magical happens the night before senators are ready to return home for a break - things that need to get done suddenly get done. But that didn't happen Friday, much to the disappointment of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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SENATOR HARRY REID: I didn't like this bill. Senate Democrats didn't write this bill alone, it's a compromise, that's what legislation is all about.

CHANG: But some senators say this legislation got it all wrong. Conservative Republicans wish the bill immediately defunded the president's executive action on immigration. And some Democrats hate the bill for weakening the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. Democrat Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts ripped into Citigroup for hiring lobbyists to write the language for that provision.

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SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN: If a financial institution has become so big and so powerful that it can hold the entire country hostage; that alone is reason enough to break them up.

CHANG: And then there are the senators who say listening to ideologues on either side obstructs actual governing. Here's Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

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SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: My advice - don't follow her lead, she's the problem.

CHANG: The Senate will be in session today starting at noon. Ailsa Chang, NPR news, the Capitol. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.