Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) “said Tuesday that Democrats are willing to take a look at policy riders tacked onto the House-approved spending bill, which could create a negotiating point with House Republicans,” POLITICO reports.
Reid responded to a question from a reporter about the add-ons — many of which strike at controversial social issues like abortion or climate change — in the context of whether they could be used as a bargaining chip.
“We’re happy to look at the policy riders … In fact, we’ve already [started] looking at some of the policy riders,” Reid told reporters after huddling with his caucus.
But the majority leader was quick to concede, “there aren’t many that excite me.”
No Senate Democrats “voted for the first House-approved long-term spending bill, which was stacked with the items.”