From NBC's Ken Strickland
Senate Democrats are echoing President Obama's call for bipartisanship in addressing the nation's economic woes. Their remarks come hours after Obama's speech to Congress and a couple of weeks after Congress passed the stimulus package that drew the support from only three Republicans.
"We don't want the Republicans to continue being the Party of 'No,'" said Majority Leader Harry Reid at a leadership news conference today. "We are here today to pledge that we are going to do everything we can to work with the Republicans and work with the administration to get things done."
Sen. Patty Murray said, "The door is wide open. We welcome their ideas."
Citing the generous amount of standing applause from Republicans during the president's address, she said, "We want them to turn their applause from last night into action and work with us."
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer called the Republican mindset on the economy "outdated and out of touch."
"They still think the only thing you do during this economic crisis is shrink government," Schumer said.
Schumer also said if Republicans don't lean toward Democratic priorities, the public would push them.
"Because what's going to happen is the public and even the Republican electorate is going to push the Republican Senators and House members much more toward what we want to do," he said.