“We will not go to conference with a gun to our head,” Reid was quoted as saying by ABC News.
In his speech on the Senate floor, Reid said he would not appoint negotiators to work with the House — unless they passed a six-week emergency spending bill immediately — without any provisions relating to delaying or defunding Obamacare.
“They want to close government,” Reid said. “This is all a subterfuge to satisfy the Tea Party driven Republicans.”
House Republicans say they hope Reid will look unreasonable by rejecting the request for a conference committee, but Democrats point out that Republicans have rejected conference committees 18 times this year on other spending bills.