Republicans Charge Reid With Slowing Spending Talks

Harry Reid is holding Patrick J. Toomey hostage.

At least that is what a growing number of Republicans are openly speculating, promoting the notion that the Senate’s departing minority leader is slow-walking spending talks to keep the most vulnerable GOP incumbents tethered to the Capitol and away from the campaign trail.

“If I were a partisan Democrat, I would want to keep the Senate in session until Election Day, and he’s a partisan Democrat,” said Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The one piece of must-pass business before the election is a continuing resolution to patch government funding into December.

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