Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had a blunt message for House Republicans on Friday.
The Reid-led Senate passed a bill that would institute a short-term measure to keep the government funded, while stripping the House's provision to defund Obamacare. With a 54-44 party-line vote in hand, Reid said the House needed to "accept what we just passed," while adding some choice words on Obamacare being untouchable.
“Here’s a president, who less than a year ago, won the election by five million votes, five million votes," Reid said. "Obamacare has been the law for four years. Why don’t they get a life and talk about something else? People deserve better."
Hours after Reid spoke, President Barack Obama echoed his sentiments, accusing Republicans of "political grandstanding." He also vowed that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act is "not gonna happen."
“Any Republican in Congress who's currently watching, I’d encourage you to think about who you’re hurting," Obama said.
Reid has been animated in recent days over Republicans' efforts to defund Obamacare. On Monday, he accused the party of being laden with "fanatics" acting like "Thelma and Louise." After Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke for 21 hours against the law on the Senate floor, Reid called those antics "a big waste of time."