With just five days left before the year-end “fiscal cliff,” the Senate returned to business Thursday morning on a deeply pessimistic note about any kind of deal to avert the crisis.
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) opened the day with a scathing speech on the Senate floor castigating Republican leaders in the House for not calling their members back to Washington restart negotiations and called the chances of going over the cliff increasingly likely. [...]
As a result, Reid said the nation is increasingly unlikely to forestall tax hikes on nearly every American and deep automatic spending cuts on Jan. 1.
Reid said Boehner will not bring up the Senate’s bill because he knows it would pass on the votes of Democrats and a handful of Republicans. He charged that the House is now run as Boehner’s own “dictatorship.”