Harry Reid Cancels Votes So Brown Debates Warren

Reid accuses Brown of using the Senate as an excuse.


In a last minute move, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced there would be no more votes Thursday. Reid says he effectively shut down the Senate because Republican Sen. Scott Brown is using late Thursday votes to dodge a debate against his Democratic opponent Elizabeth Warren in Boston.

"No more votes today," Reid said Thursday on the floor. "I've been to a few of these rodeos. It is obvious there is a big stall taking place." [Republican Candidates Run From Mitt Romney.]

"One of the senators who doesn't want to debate tonight won't be in a debate," he added.

Brown's campaign did not return calls for a comment on Reid's claim.

Reid has some cause to be suspicious. Brown told the Boston Globe Thursday that he would have to pass on the high-profile debate if his job in Congress wasn't finished up in time. [Read: Media quick to overstate Romney's political demise.]

"Bottom line is, the people have sent me down here to do my job—and that's to vote," Brown told the Globe.

The senator who won liberal icon Ted Kennedy's seat in a special election after his death, has been trailing Warren in several polls this week in the contentious campaign.

The debate is still set for 7p.m in Boston.