Jun 24, 2014

Reid’s Inactive Senate Angers All

The House of Representatives has passed over 200 bills that are currently sitting on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s desk. He has not acted on them. He has not allowed them to be brought to the floor of the Senate. Harry Reid’s Senate is Exhibit A in Washington gridlock, and it’s gotten so bad that even Democrats are voicing their frustration.

Today, two papers discuss Reid’s stonewalling:

• Politico reports: “Harry Reid has a new dilemma on his hands: restless Senate Democrats who are frustrated they aren’t casting enough votes.”

• The Hill reports: “Democratic senators have been sidelined in legislative debates because of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) tight grip on amendments. The lack of votes has become a liability for vulnerable Democratic incumbents …”

Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy said this about Senate’s inaction:

“So, what is the hold-up here? Harry Reid and the Senate. They don’t allow amendments and hundreds of House bills aren’t being acted on.”

Leader Reid is so afraid of engaging with House-offered solutions for America that the Senate has become almost completely inactive.

Democrat Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia said, “I’ve never been in a less productive time in my life than I am right now, in the United States Senate.” He has not received roll-call vote on amendment since June of last year.

A few weeks ago, freshman Democrat senator Cory Booker of New Jersey expressed frustration that the Senate was casting yet another vote to confirm a presidential nominee and not voting on legislation. He reportedly said, “Is this all the Senate does?”

Leader Reid has the power to schedule votes that would increase economic growth, foster private sector job creation, and improve the quality of life for hardworking Americans. The House has already passed dozens of jobs bills, but they’re gathering dust in the Senate. It’s time for the Senate to start doing its job.