Reid calls one-week stopgap measure a GOP stall tactic 

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., took to the Senate floor moments ago and blasted Republicans for failing to make "tough choices" needed to avert a shutdown.

He also attacked a stopgap proposal from House Republicans that would keep the government funded for an additional week while funding the military for the rest of the year, saying it was a "shortcut" that amounted to "stalling, procrastinating."

It's an odd bit of messaging from Reid. How does wanting deeper spending cuts at a time of trillion dollar deficits mean you won't make "tough choices," while arguing for federal funding of cowboy poetry means you are? And if Republicans are "stalling" and "procrastinating" by trying to pass a short-term budget, what were Democrats doing last year when they controlled both chambers of Congress, and the presidency, yet failed to pass a budget?

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