Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apparently thinks Sen. Tom Coburn is living up to his old nickname, Dr. No, and expressed his displeasure with the Oklahoma Republican in his weekly press conference and on the Senate floor Tuesday.
Coburn, along with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), is objecting to the Senate moving forward with a $1 trillion "continuing resolution" to keep the government funded after March 27 on the grounds that he hasn't had time to study the nearly 600-page measure, which the lawmakers received at 9 p.m. Monday.
"I just learned when I was in here with the president that -- who else? -- Coburn now won’t let us move to the bill," Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters.
He then complained about Coburn on the Senate floor, pointing to Coburn's Sunday talk show remarks that the Senate leadership is dysfunctional. "Our problem in the Senate is the leadership of the Senate," Coburn said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
"The senator from Oklahoma seems to have a problem, assuming he's referring to me," Reid said, also speculating that Coburn could have meant other top Democrats -- Sens. Dick Durbin (Ill.), Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) and Patty Murray (Wash.) -- or maybe even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
"I don't know who he's referring to. One day he should look in the mirror," Reid said.
The majority leader went out of his way to praise McCain, but also added that most of the items about which the two Republicans were complaining appeared in the House version of the spending bill, which came over from the lower chamber last week.
Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Coburn acknowledged that problems came from the House, but still held up the CR.
"To not allow us the time to assess what you have produced, by being able to read and study the bill, is really going against the best traditions of the Senate," Coburn said, although he did pledge that he would eventually let the bill move ahead.