Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called a press conference earlier today to emphasize that the minority intended to be a part of the legislative debate, faulting Democrats for a "recornd number of cloture petitions." He also sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to that effect, signed by all 42 Senate Republicans.
Reid, responding to the letter, says that he's always been a big fan of bipartisanship and that it's those Republicans who've been the ones "blocking progress." So, at this point, there's no bipartisan agreement as to which party is to blame for the lack of bipartisan agreement.
I have always said that Democrats and Republicans need to work together to pass legislation that helps people in their daily lives. After Republicans in the last Congress opted for a strategy of blocking progress, the American people clearly rejected those partisan tactics. They have given us another opportunity to work together in the 111th Congress as the people of this country expect, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to come up with solutions that will get our country back on track.