Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) took on the role of the Grinch on Tuesday, expressing doubt that a deal on the "fiscal cliff" will be reached before Christmas. Reid, speaking to reporters, said it would be “extremely difficult” to finish a deal by Dec. 25, placing the onus on Republicans in the House and a tightening legislative schedule.
Reid pointed to Republican opposition as a main cause of the delays in the Senate, saying a bill would probably take “a couple weeks” to reach fruition as a result.
“House Republicans – and I assume the Republicans here are working with them in the Senate – they can’t decide what they’re going to do,” he said.
In addition to the fiscal cliff, Reid highlighted the defense authorization bill, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the supplemental $60.4 billion in Sandy aid requested by the White House as additional burdens on the Senate’s tightening 2012 schedule.