(CNSNews.com) - As recently as last month, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was pushing for a clean debt ceiling measure. “You don’t have to have a lot of things attached to raising the debt ceiling. You can do that separately,” he told reporters at an April 14th press conference.
Now a House GOP plan to hold a vote on a clean extension of the debt ceiling is coming under fire by Reid. It will send "a terrible message to the international community," Reid said Tuesday.
"They are bringing up something that they know is going to fail," Reid told reporters. "I can't think of a way that is much more irresponsible than bringing up a debt limit extension just to show it can't pass," He later added.
Over 100 Democrats signed a letter calling for a clean extension of the debt limit, in an effort led by Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.).
It is expected the measure will come before the House next week.