By , Susan Ferrechio
Published December 20, 2015
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said the fiscal 2016 spending bill now under negotiation between both parties in the House and Senate so far includes about 100 "riders," and that he is optimistic an agreement is in reach.
Reid, D-Nev., the two chambers and both parties had culled the list considerably.
Riders are extraneous policy amendments that are added to must-pass legislation even though they are unrelated to the measure.
Democrats had initially warned against adding riders to the bill, but both parties seek their own sets of riders.