Harry Reid blames tea party for lack of fiscal cliff dealSubmitted by emalvini on Tue, 12/04/2012 - 19:29
Harry Reid blames tea party for lack of fiscal cliff deal
Alexis Levinson | Political Reporter
4:06 PM 12/04/2012
WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday blamed the tea party for both the lack of a deal on the fiscal cliff and the failure of the Senate to ratify a United Nations treaty on the rights of the disabled.
Speaking to reporters, the Senate’s top Democrat suggested that Speaker of the House John Boehner was unable to strike a deal with the White House to avert the fiscal cliff because the tea party members of his caucus would penalize him for it, potentially by taking away his speakership in the next session.