Reid Suggests Using ‘Elements’ of The Gang of Six’s Plan

By Eliza

Jul 19, 2011 5:01pm

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ABC News' Sunlen Miller (@sunlenmiller) reports:

Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV., today threw little cold water on the excitement as the Gang of Six’s plan works its way around Capitol Hill to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue today.

"I don't want to do anything to jeopardize the enthusiasm people have for the Gang of Six, but I am the person that runs the Senate and I understand what the rules of the Senate are,” Reid said from the Ohio Clock stakeout today, noting that even the CBO is saying that it would take two week for CBO score part of the plan.  

Reid said though in concept the plan is “wonderful,” and something to look at closely.

“I indicated in the caucus this morning, if there's a way in the next few days we can improve upon some of the legislation we're talking about doing, I am happy to take elements of the Gang of Six and work with them to get that done.”

Reid suggested perhaps a meddling of the Gang of Six and the McConnell/Reid plan.

Senator Warner, D-VA., of the Gang of Six would get back to Reid within the next 24 hours as to what elements of their plan he would suggest “using” into the McConnell/Reid plan.

During their weekly policy luncheon Senate Republicans received a briefing from the Republican members of the Gang of Six.  The Senate Minority Leader refused to endorse the proposal yet but commended the Gang of Six and said he will review the work.

“We were pleased to hear their recommendations. But I haven't had a chance to decide how I feel about it,” McConnell, R-KY., said at the Ohio Clock stakeout, “For virtually all of us, including myself, it was the first exposure to their work, and all of our members were interested in what they had to say, and we'll be looking at that as we move forward.”  

Senator Lamar Alexander, R-TN., outright endorsed the plan. But don’t include him formally in the Gang, he said, after President Obama quipped that with his endorsement they’re now the Gang of 7.

“I'm not in a gang,” Alexander said, “I support the plan. I think — I give a lot of credit to the six senators. I think there's still a Gang of Six,” Alexander said, “I hope all of our senators on both sides of the aisle will give great weight both to the seriousness of the problem and to the quality of the senators who are involved in it.”

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