Reid to support spending, tax deal

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday he'll support the 2016 omnibus spending and tax cut package, signaling Democrats won't be an impediment to congressional passage as early as this week.

Reid, D-Nev., said the $1.1 trillion spending bill "creates and saves middle class jobs, protects the environment, and invests in renewable energy sources," adding that the deal represents "a good compromise" between the two parties.

The House is scheduled to take up the $800 billion tax cut package on Thursday and the spending bill on Friday. The GOP-led Senate is then expected to combine the two measures and consider them in one bill, which will require Democratic support to prevent a filibuster.

Reid said he'll back it, citing provisions in the deal that are big wins for Democrats, including the extension of tax credits for wind and solar energy, which he said will help protect and create jobs in the clean energy sector.