Updated at 11:10 am EDT
With Republican leaders in the House split over a path forward on a continuing resolution aimed at keeping the government funded after September 30th, the Senate is locked in a holding pattern.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid opened the chamber this morning pointing out that leaders in the House are “still waiting to see which absurd idea is going to prevail over there.”
Earlier this week, Reid made it clear that any budget resolution tied to a delay or defunding of President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care overhaul would be unacceptable.
Until the House determines its strategy for keeping the government funded, the Senate will continue work on legislation dealing with energy efficiency and may consider a bill addressing the high-tech industry.
The Nevada Democrat was quick to point fingers at Republicans whom he believes are pushing the government toward a shutdown, saying they “don’t believe in government, they want to get rid of it and they are doing everything they can to make that a fact.”
In the Senate as well, Reid says, he is dealing with “anarchists” who will cater to their House counterparts with a “strange and weird” budget. “Forty percent of the Republicans in the Senate are anarchists,” Reid said.
“The Republicans are obsessed with a law that is the law of the land, Obama-care.” Reid told the Senate. “We know (the House product is) going to be something really strange and weird because the speaker has to do everything he can to try and mold a piece of legislation that will meet the needs of the Tea Party – the anarchists.. They do not want government to work on any level.”