Senate Democrat Harry Reid, whose party controls all the scheduling for the Senate, had this to say yesterday:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday said House Republicans’ pending “cut, cap and balance” proposal is among the worst pieces of legislation to appear on the floor in Senate history.
“I think this piece of legislation is about as weak and senseless as anything that has ever come on this Senate floor,” said Reid. “I am not going to waste the Senate’s time day after day on this piece of legislation.”
The Senate on Friday voted to “table,” or kill, a House Republican proposal to “cut, cap and balance” the budget that Majority Leader Harry Reid called the single worst piece of legislation ever to hit the Senate floor.
The House Republican “Cut, Cap and Balance” (measure) is now over. It’s done, dead,” Reid said after the 51-46 vote.
With Friday’s vote over, senators quickly moved to vacate the floor. Cars were waiting outside to whisk members to airports to take flights home. Though the Senate was originally scheduled to be in session, Reid, D-Nev., noted that would not be the case and no votes would be taken before Monday afternoon.
So, he successfully killed a bill that enjoys the approval of an overwhelming majority of Americans, including over 60 percent of his own party, because he felt it would be a waste of the Senate’s precious time then went home for a little weekend vacation because there was nothing for the Senate to do.
I know it’s been a pretty big talking point among Democrats that the Republicans, who are up 2-0 on the Dems in the game of “who has more budget plans on the table”, are “holding the country hostage” because they won’t agree to drop a trillion or two worth of tax hikes on all of us. It’s pretty clear to me, though, that they’re the ones holding the figurative gun to our heads right now.
Folks, that debt problem won’t go away on its own. Harry Reid and his pal in the White House can’t get rid of it with cheap catch phrases like “shared sacrifice” and “kill Medicare”. We don’t buy the hype. If you can get to a phone, I think it’d be a fine idea to put in a few calls to your Democratic Senators’ offices. Let them know, in polite but stern terms that hypothetically could involve words like “will work like a dog to throw your padded behind out of office” and “fortunately, tar and feathers are hard to get where I live”, just how displeased you are that they ignored your desires yet again.
The number to the Capitol switchboard is (202) 224-3121. Go get ‘em.
UPDATE: Not only is the Senate off until Monday, Reid has nothing slated until Monday evening.