Reid blasts Boehner for House weekend recess

posted at 12:55 pm on July 21, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The Senate hasn’t produced a budget resolution in over 800 days.  Despite the alarmist rhetoric sounded by Barack Obama and Harry Reid, the Senate hasn’t produced a single plan to deal with either the debt ceiling or deficit control.  However, Harry Reid is incensed that the House will take the weekend off on the off chance that Reid might actually do his jobNo, really:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) criticized the House of Representatives for taking the weekend off, saying it painted a “very bad picture” for debt negotiations.

“Let me get this off my chest,” he said on the Senate floor Thursday morning. “I just heard there is an announcement in the House of Representatives that they are taking the weekend off.”

“I think this is a very bad picture to have the House out this weekend when we have to likely wait for them to send us something, because as I understand the negotiations taking place deal with revenues which constitutionally have to start in the House,” said Reid.

“I think it is just untoward,” continued Reid. “That’s the kindest work I can say… What a bad picture.”

The House has already sent two proposals to the Senate to deal with the fiscal situation: the Ryan plan, which failed 40-57, and the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act this week.  Reid scheduled a preliminary cloture vote on the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act for Saturday, which will take up floor time today and tomorrow.  Putting the bill on the floor schedule strongly suggests that it won’t pass a final vote, although it may pass the cloture vote on Saturday, which means that there will be even more activity this weekend to get the final vote recorded and the House bill killed.

Boehner won’t move on anything else until the Senate starts doing its job in this process and determine what path it will take.  So what’s the likelihood that the Senate will produce anything that the House needs to consider this weekend?  Somewhere between zero and absolute zero. The Senate is working on two proposals at the moment to deal with the debt ceiling, the McConnell plan and the Gang of Six “proposal,” which lacks any details at the moment.  It will take weeks just to get the Go-6 plan written, and then it has to be scored before the House will even take it up.

The House passed its solution.  The Senate needs to do its job for the first time in over 800 days before its leader can complain about anyone taking a weekend off.

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Man, every time I see or hear that embalmed, walking mummy Reid I can’t help but think the Founders didn’t have him in mind when they created the federal government.

Bishop on July 21, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Obama’s Golf Boy catching some heat for not working on the weekend……….from the Silver States’ lead Progressive?

Could we turn off the microphones and Camera in D.C. for a week and see if the Politicians would go home?

PappyD61 on July 21, 2011 at 1:00 PM

STFU dingy harrah, you dirty smelly ol’ fool!

OmahaConservative on July 21, 2011 at 1:01 PM

How do these idiots look the American people in the eye? Never mind….It was a rhetorical question.

tgharris on July 21, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Hey chump, the ball is in your court.

You mean to say all House representatives should wait for your beck and call at your pleasure?

Sir Napsalot on July 21, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Very good commentary Ed.

It amazes me how inept and apathetic the Dem controlled Senate – and Dems media/voters are concerning their job and expectations; while always looking to the Republicans for a “solution”

The fact 2 Rep-led House Bills have been presented in the past 3 months, while Dems have done nothing in the past 2+ years is a bad thing for Republicans…

Odie1941 on July 21, 2011 at 1:05 PM

this Reid action must’ve been planned in the second minute of that meeting yesterday, Ed…./

ted c on July 21, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Sorry dingy your bluff has been called. Now deal with it and do YOUR job! Will dingy blast bho if he gets out of dc for the week-end for golf?
L

letget on July 21, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Blow it out your ear Reid . . . or the orifice of your choice.

rplat on July 21, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Whine, Harry, whine! The Gang of 234 just delivered the work to you. Get you’re a$$ moving and don’t worry about the House.

cartooner on July 21, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Typical Dingy Harry, bagging on someone else for his own short commings.

Boner (yes I mis spelled it on purpose) should tell Harry to Shidt or get off the pot.

44Magnum on July 21, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Is he freaking serious? The House has done their job – no need for them to work the weekend.

gophergirl on July 21, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Awwww, Reidy-weedy can’t kill the CCB bill without his d!ck hanging in the air. Poor thing.

Sekhmet on July 21, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Rush is talking about the supposed deal right now….

Darksean on July 21, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Rutt ro….Breaking: Standard a Poor to meet with House Republicans today……

Rovin on July 21, 2011 at 1:08 PM

I love when useless slackers accuse people who work for a living of being useless slackers. It’s like he’s a retarded liberal or something.

CantCureStupid on July 21, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Harry Reid is “untoward”. That is th kindest word I have for him.

DrStock on July 21, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Thanks a pantload Nevada. I hope you are suitably ashamed of yourselves.

ultracon on July 21, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Boehner to push back in 3….2….oh wait. He won’t push back because he’s a coward.

jawkneemusic on July 21, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Boehner should say, “Hey Harry, our chamber held our vote. Our chamber passed a bill. Get back to me when you have a plan. And by the way, if you really want to avoid default, then you should pass CCB.”

So if the Dems passed a plan in the Senate that lowered the debt by $1.5 tril in spending cuts and $2 tril in new taxes, the crisis would end?

bayam on July 21, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Breaking………

Standard & Poors meeting with House Republican’s this afternoon.

So does this mean King Barry is going to use S & P to bully the Republican’s?

Knucklehead on July 21, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Harry’s been working????

NOT ONE VOTE!
Joe Scarborough: “What hard vote have the Democrat’s made on the debt…..NAME ONE VOTE!”

Rovin on July 21, 2011 at 1:12 PM

The House gets to relax while Harry has to sit in the Senate and smell the dirty, dirty tourists.

cjtony97 on July 21, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Weight of Glory on July 21, 2011 at 12:58 PM

About twenty minutes ago:

http://twitter.com/#!/SpeakerBoehner

@SpeakerBoehner Speaker John Boehner
False. Senate should pass #CutCapBalance. RT NYT NEWS ALERT: Obama and Boehner Close to Major Budget Deal, Congressional Leaders Are Told

INC on July 21, 2011 at 1:15 PM

NYT is breaking that a deal between Boehner and Obama has been made. Then Carney says the NYT is full of it. WHat’s going on?

Weight of Glory on July 21, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Could be there’s no deal.

Could be there IS a deal, and the Administration doesn’t want the Tea Party wing of the House GOP revolting against Boehner until it’s too late.

Vyce on July 21, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Breaking………

Standard & Poors meeting with House Republican’s this afternoon.

So does this mean King Barry is going to use S & P to bully the Republican’s?

Knucklehead on July 21, 2011 at 1:12 PM

It’s such a shame that the people doing the “right” thing are being made out to be the bad guys.

Sorry state of affairs this country is in right now.

Hmpf

gophergirl on July 21, 2011 at 1:16 PM

If the House Republicans stayed in session and just picked their noses all weekend, they would have done more than the ObamaCrat controlled Senate has done on the budget in 800 days. The Gang of 234 can pick their noses elsewhere. Harry Reid can put the Gang of Six non-bill where the sun don’t shine. CCB or nada.

stefano1 on July 21, 2011 at 1:16 PM

He’s mad because Boehner one upped him on the weekend off.He wants to go to Vegas and visit some of the working girls.Commped of course.

docflash on July 21, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Thanks a pantload Nevada. I hope you are suitably ashamed of yourselves.

ultracon on July 21, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Yeah, dodged that Angle bullet. *whew* How would she have voted on CCB, I wonder?

cjtony97 on July 21, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Knucklehead on July 21, 2011 at 1:12 PM

My first guess is yes Knucklehead. But at this point, the national narrative should be that the House has passed legislation (twice now) to prevent a default, and the Dem controlled Senate, THAT’S YOU HARRY, have done nothing.

Rovin on July 21, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Since when has anything that’s appeared in the NY Times been true????

flytier on July 21, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Hey Harry! Newsflash. When you actually get something done, its okay to take the weekend off.

ted c on July 21, 2011 at 1:18 PM

813 days since Harry Reid’s Senate passed a federal budget, and he’s whining about the House?

GET TO WORK, HARRY.

Good Lt on July 21, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Weight of Glory on July 21, 2011 at 12:58 PM

There is no deal. Boehner refuted the NYT story.

joejm65 on July 21, 2011 at 1:21 PM

I am so embarrassed to be from NV.

Harry fails BIG TIME in doing his job (passing a budget) and criticizes the House after they do their job — TWICE!!

BTW — Could not believe Steve Wynn’s stinging rebuke of Obama, and his simultaneous tortured logic of saying he also supports Obama’s caddy Harry Reid!!!

fred5678 on July 21, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Gee, the People’s House actually passed a debt ceiling bill, and now they are going home to hear what their constituents have to say about it.

In my book, that is called DOING THEIR JOBS.

rockmom on July 21, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Harry Reid. Does he have a p@#^s or IS he a p@#^s? I’m guessing the latter.

What an vapid, puny, little man.

capejasmine on July 21, 2011 at 1:24 PM

OT……….

Huntsman’s campaign manager quits.

Knucklehead on July 21, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Listen to Harry’s speech here.

fogw on July 21, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Huntsman’s campaign manager quits.

Knucklehead on July 21, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Lolz…
Shades of Newt.

OmahaConservative on July 21, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Listen to Harry’s speech here.

fogw on July 21, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Thanks anyway, I just ate lunch…

OmahaConservative on July 21, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Boehner should play Golf with Obama this weekend while Reid is criticizing him

Daemonocracy on July 21, 2011 at 1:34 PM

House members need to get in as many photo ops as possible over a relaxing three day weekend. Cornyn ought to poll the senate and see is on board with CCB and take them out as well. Let the nattering nabobs of negativity bumble along with the DC press corps.

DanMan on July 21, 2011 at 1:35 PM

blink on July 21, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Good one:-)

bluefox on July 21, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Once again, THANK YOU NEVADA!

GarandFan on July 21, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Boehner is ready to cave according to an email Rush received from a GOP chief of staff that Boehner is called a meeting for 9am for the entire house to announce a deal with the devil. Just what I’ve been saying all along. WUSS, WUSS, WUSS!!!!!!

flytier on July 21, 2011 at 1:38 PM

This is Reid’s Contessa moment, they probably share the same brain.

Almost but not quite.

Sir Napsalot on July 21, 2011 at 1:38 PM

I don’t know what is going on, but Rush said it doesn’t sound good. Boehner has called a 9am Friday meeting.

bluefox on July 21, 2011 at 1:39 PM

flytier on July 21, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Thanks. Rush mentioned also the Hill and Politico.

bluefox on July 21, 2011 at 1:41 PM

And we tolerate this crap why?

BallisticBob on July 21, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Man the gall to say that

cmsinaz on July 21, 2011 at 1:46 PM

If Obama were a leader this would not be the topic now.

Why don’t they all go on a looooong vacation?

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2011 at 1:47 PM

I don’t get it, is Reid complaining that the House doing their duty, is requiring the Senate to do their duty, and they didn’t want to work weekends? It’s been over 800 days since the Democrats produced a budget. Hey Harry get off your butt, and do your job.

Everyone has the Unions to thank, that Harry Reid survived the last election. Apparently Harry thinks, that means his contract states, he doesn’t have to work weekends if the House doesn’t work weekends….he should call his Union supervisor/

Dr Evil on July 21, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Let’s see…

- The last budget that the Senate passed was the FY2010 budget, so I’ll give them the first 365 days.

- Normally, I would also give them the rest of 2010 because Nancy Pelosi failed to send over a FY2011 budget. However, since Harry Reid has made it something of a specialty to gut House resolutions to create massive spending bills out of whole cloth, he could have easily taken one of those bills and created a FY2011 budget.

- The Dingy One has also failed to pass a FY2012 budget despite voting on both the House budget and Obama’s budget.

Now, he’s sitting on Cut/Cap/Balance until Hell freezes over (or at least the ability of the federal government to borrow). I believe the second word of my two-word retort to The Dingy One is the only one that can be published here.

Steve Eggleston on July 21, 2011 at 2:01 PM

“I think this is a very bad picture…”

When your voting base has the collective IQ of a fruit fly, pretty pictures are everything.

MNHawk on July 21, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Yesterday, Reid had scheduled a vote in the Senate for Saturday on the CCB that passed the House. I heard last night that even if all Republican Senators voted for it, they still would be short 4 Dems to join them in order for it to pass the Senate. So it appears that instead of that to happen, they are working on a deal that would pass the Senate. The sense was that no Dem Senators would vote for it. This is my best guess.

Keep in mind also that 9 Republican House members voted against the CCB. I disagreed with that. When push comes to shove, the Republicans need to stick together. Principals are a good thing, but not voting for the CCB was taking the position the W.H. has been taking, all or nothing. That’s fine if you have the majority, but not when you don’t. Just my opinion.

bluefox on July 21, 2011 at 2:16 PM

How does this guy get elected again and again? Feh.

jaschenb74 on July 21, 2011 at 2:29 PM

I wish Boehner had the stones to give Ol’ Dingy a “Colonel West” and just tell him to STFU.

Tim Zank on July 21, 2011 at 2:32 PM

I don’t think Dingy will last out his 6-year term. Every time I see him on the TV box he sounds weaker. He likely has Alzheimer’s as well from his early career as an amateur boxer.

slickwillie2001 on July 21, 2011 at 2:49 PM

STFU dingy harrah, you dirty smelly ol’ fool!

OmahaConservative on July 21, 2011 at 1:01 PM

+ Eleventy-eleven!!

Khun Joe on July 21, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Harry Reid has been the Vegas mob’s man in DC since he was in the House. His kids have jobs they never would have even been interviewed for, he’s made land deals he couldn’t possibly afford, yet instead of serving a prison term he is the Senate Majority Leader.

That’s messed up, dude!

Adjoran on July 21, 2011 at 3:26 PM

I heard Levin say last week that Reid sounds medically deranged. He didn’t go much further from that. That’s not how I feel. I just think he’s plain crazy.

shick on July 21, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Boehner is ready to cave according to an email Rush received from a GOP chief of staff that Boehner is called a meeting for 9am for the entire house to announce a deal with the devil

Big boys and girls reach deals with their opponents through negotiation instead of playing the role of factional dictator able to force his agenda upon the nation (not how democracies work).

bayam on July 21, 2011 at 4:23 PM

“Let me get this off my chest,” he said on the Senate floor Thursday morning.

Are you sure that you can lose what little chest you have, Harry?

onlineanalyst on July 21, 2011 at 5:14 PM

this Reid action must’ve been planned in the second minute of that meeting yesterday, Ed…./

ted c on July 21, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Well stated. The talking points were divvied up and rehearsed. One of the favorites of the Dems is the “optics” offense. They are all style and no substance.

onlineanalyst on July 21, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Its called walking the dog.

They have their goals; a socialist economy with centralized government controls. A budget has no place in that plan.

Walk the dog to the last possible day then present a bill that no one has time to read, that is filled with TBA’s and promises, and that Obama will sign. Dare the Republicans to not pass it. Then blame them for delaying it until the last minute.

While they are being delusional they might as well declare they passed a budget bill.

Franklyn on July 22, 2011 at 2:26 AM