Reid: We could be here all week

posted at 2:41 pm on December 15, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

There is apparently no deal with Harry Reid that doesn’t come with an expiration date, and it usually falls within the first 48 hours.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is warning senators that they could be in session until Thursday as Democrats seek to complete their final work before adjourning for the year.

“We’re going to have to be here until we finish our work,” Reid said on the Senate floor Monday. “That could be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.”

On Saturday, Reid filed cloture on 23 of President Obama’s nominees as senators worked into the weekend to approve a $1.1 trillion government funding bill that averted a government shutdown.

That’s a lot of nominations to try to ram through, in addition to the tax break package and the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. (The latter will probably pass because a failure to do so could wind up canceling the Superbowl.) The tax package could get done or be left till the next session and then retrofitted through some fancy legerdemain of congressional rules.

Having gotten through the filing of cloture motions, it’s hard to say what stops the nominations at this point, including that of Vivek Murthy. The NRA is currently scrambling like mad to get something moving and stop Murthy’s confirmation, but the list of possible remedies to make that happen is rather slim. Some of the Democrats who might have gone along with a vote against confirming Murthy have now lost their races, and as such no longer fear their electorate. There will also probably be a list of weak knees on the GOP side, so just getting to fifty votes wouldn’t be much of a hurdle to overcome.

If there was any way to run out the clock on enough procedural moves, it’s possible that some Senators would start going home, though that’s a pretty distasteful way to do business. And as soon as the herd was split you might see a sufficient number of others heading for the exits as we get closer to Christmas, but that’s hardly a sure thing. Reid may be on his way out of the Majority Leader’s office, but he is clearly trying to empty the arsenal before he goes.


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What an odious man.

otlset on December 15, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Reid: We could be here all week

So try the veal, and don’t forget to tip your waiters.

Flange on December 15, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Time to stop “lame duck” sessions.

Election is held. Defeated members of Congress clean out their desks and go home.

The new incoming Congress can call itself to order prior to January if need be. But, once the election results are in and certified by each state, the previous Congress should be dissolved.

coldwarrior on December 15, 2014 at 2:48 PM

But, but, but all the traitors of the land blame Cruz.

Schadenfreude on December 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

So try the veal, and don’t forget to tip your waiters.

Flange on December 15, 2014 at 2:46 PM

I’m pretty sure there is nothing but pork on the menu.

Happy Nomad on December 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

And how was this Cruz’s fault again? seriously, I didn’t follow the logic of the folks trying to pin all of this on Cruz…

Midas on December 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

If only Cruz had kept his mouth shut this would not have happened…………….? Right?

d1carter on December 15, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Those American Elite Media “backfires” go a long way…………………

d1carter on December 15, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. (The latter will probably pass because a failure to do so could wind up canceling the Superbowl.)

The NFL will not cancel the superbowl is congress fails to subsidize the insurance for the event. Even FIFA found a way to make it work without government subsidies, and no one watches soccer.

That’s just another scare tactic to get the american people to support pushing through another crony capitalist piece of legislation that helps “insiders” and hurts “outsiders”.

Oh, and as for the Senate working all week? Good! What other job in America pays a healthy six figures and requires you to only work 100 days a year? Even teachers have to work 180 days!

Timin203 on December 15, 2014 at 2:51 PM

I’m pretty sure there is nothing but pork on the menu.

Happy Nomad on December 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Mmmmm pork chops. I mean, good point.

Flange on December 15, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Lame animals are the most dangerous animals.

RBMN on December 15, 2014 at 2:54 PM

its all Bush’s Cruz’s fault

r keller on December 15, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Cancel the Superbowl?…..I can live with that.

d1carter on December 15, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Well at least the “Blame Cruz” meme will finally die. (I know, I know… But it’s Christmastime, and we can all dream.)

PaddyORyan on December 15, 2014 at 2:55 PM

What’s he complaining about? Wasn’t ObamaCare passed on Christmas Eve?

Occams Stubble on December 15, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Long have I prayed for your retirement.

John the Libertarian on December 15, 2014 at 2:58 PM

But, but, but all the traitors of the land blame Cruz.

Schadenfreude on December 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

We know better. : )

Bmore on December 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM

A pox on both parties.

HumpBot Salvation on December 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM

My husband only gets Christmas Day off, he doesn’t even get Christmas Eve. And I’m supposed to feel sorry for these “humble civil servants”?

Rose on December 15, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Cancel the Superbowl?…..I can live with that.

d1carter on December 15, 2014 at 2:54 PM

I think that could only happen if the Vikings were undefeated and favored to win the Superbowl. Because apparently, when the Vikings finally win the Superbowl the world ends. So far, we’ve been well protected.

RBMN on December 15, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Reid may be on his way out of the Majority Leader’s office, but he is clearly trying to empty the arsenal before he goes.

Please, ‘arsenal’ sounds warlike and violent.

‘Empty the arse’ would be a better analogy/simile.

“You like that? Plenty more where that came from!”

Marcola on December 15, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Reid: We could be here all week

Don’t tell Ayotte. The scumhag needs to see the Nutcracker.

Schadenfreude on December 15, 2014 at 3:08 PM

The Walking Dead wants their zombie back…….

BobMbx on December 15, 2014 at 3:12 PM

But… but… BACKFIRE!!?? Didn’t Cruz make it possible for Reid to send everyone home today?

No? You mean, all those surly GOPers bashing Cruz for taking an anti-unconstitutional amnesty stand were just mindlessly parroting Washington Post fantasies? Or maliciously? Or do we care, when a chunk of them come up for re-election in 2016?

de rigueur on December 15, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Just COULD NOT BELIEVE the number of RINO’s here yesterday blaming this on Cruz.
Scary…

Pelosi Schmelosi on December 15, 2014 at 3:20 PM

I think that could only happen if the Vikings JETS were undefeated and favored to win the Superbowl. Because apparently, when the Vikings JETS finally win the Superbowl the world ends. So far, we’ve been well protected.

RBMN on December 15, 2014 at 3:04 PM

I was 8 when the Jets last won…

Pelosi Schmelosi on December 15, 2014 at 3:22 PM

And how was this Cruz’s fault again? seriously, I didn’t follow the logic of the folks trying to pin all of this on Cruz…

Midas on December 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

That’s OK. The ones trying to blame all of this on Cruz and Lee can’t follow the logic of their own argument either.

Seriously, this is unexpected from Dingy Harry? Of course, he planned from the start to ram as many of the President’s nominee’s through the Senate before he lost the Majority position. After all, there’s a 5% chance that McConnell wouldn’t do it in the name of ‘fairness’ and ‘professional respect to the Chief Executive’….

Athos on December 15, 2014 at 3:24 PM

RBMN on December 15, 2014 at 3:04 PM

I was 8 when the Jets last won…

Pelosi Schmelosi on December 15, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Lion’s fans think you guys are being silly.

Flange on December 15, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Cancel the Superbowl?…..I can live with that.

d1carter on December 15, 2014 at 2:54 PM

As a Redskins fan, I’m okay with immediately cancelling the rest of the season in the name of public safety. It’s a sacrifice, I know, but we really need to do the right thing. :0

Happy Nomad on December 15, 2014 at 3:35 PM

My husband only gets Christmas Day off, he doesn’t even get Christmas Eve. And I’m supposed to feel sorry for these “humble civil servants”?

Rose on December 15, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Well yeah. They have tickets to the Nutcracker. /

Happy Nomad on December 15, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Typical Reid. What hurts is that everyone knows McConnell will do nothing of the sort, thereby giving away any leverage he has before the fight begins. Putz. For as much as I detest Reid, I have to admit, he know how to play hardball. Our guy(s)? Not so much.

Kidfromjersey on December 15, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Deny unanimous consent. Make them read EVERYTHING on the floor. Bring the Senate to a standstill.

ConstantineXI on December 15, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Harry Reid is truly a man who should be despised.

grumpyank on December 15, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Wait a minute, I was told by the GOPe that Ted Cruz made them come in over the weekend and did some stuff that Harry Reid said wouldn’t have happened. Do you mean the GOPe and Harry Reid lied to me?

reddevil on December 15, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Wait a minute, I was told by the GOPe that Ted Cruz made them come in over the weekend and did some stuff that Harry Reid said wouldn’t have happened. Do you mean the GOPe and Harry Reid lied to me?

reddevil on December 15, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Apparently, Anti Ted Cruz meme’s also come with an expiration date.

Baggi on December 15, 2014 at 4:03 PM

That’s OK Harry. Hope you stay there thru the 1st of the year and accomplish not a single one of your goal along the way.

nikophil on December 15, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Wait a minute, I was told by the GOPe that Ted Cruz made them come in over the weekend and did some stuff that Harry Reid said wouldn’t have happened.

reddevil on December 15, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Wait a minute, is this the United States Senate or a UVA frat party?

Happy Nomad on December 15, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Is there any reason to think Reid is NOT going to continue this senate session until the moment the next session is gaveled in? I suspect this is exactly Reid’s plan.

Remember, they were voting on Christmass eve when Obamacare was passed in the Senate!

Freddy on December 15, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Harry – A man who gives bottom feeding scum suckers a good name.

nikophil on December 15, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Deny unanimous consent. Make them read EVERYTHING on the floor. Bring the Senate to a standstill.

ConstantineXI on December 15, 2014 at 3:45 PM

They definitely need to stop some of these nominations- starting with a Surgeon General so radical his nomination is controversial and he isn’t even talking about masturbation.

Happy Nomad on December 15, 2014 at 4:06 PM

If there was any way to run out the clock on enough procedural moves, it’s possible that some Senators would start going home, though that’s a pretty distasteful way to do business. And as soon as the herd was split you might see a sufficient number of others heading for the exits as we get closer to Christmas, but that’s hardly a sure thing. Reid may be on his way out of the Majority Leader’s office, but he is clearly trying to empty the arsenal before he goes.

Get ready folks. If you think this is bad just wait until we see the pardon list after the 2016 election.

nikophil on December 15, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Harry – A man who gives bottom feeding scum suckers a good name.

nikophil on December 15, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Lawyers and other low forms of life get a bump in popularity too.

Happy Nomad on December 15, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Jazz,

I’m sure the writers here try and get along, even when they disagree. But I am hoping this post of yours is a repudiation to Noah’s article that was helping spread an Anti Ted Cruz meme.

If so, you should seriously consider calling out Noah directly. Because it’s only going to get harder as we enter into the primaries and he starts stumping for the establishments favorite candidate.

If you don’t call him out now, keep posts like this in your back pocket to bring up a year from now.

Baggi on December 15, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Yawn, aren’t we paying these guys to do a job? I work more hours in a week than these bozo’s do in a month. Heck I do more before 5 AM than most do in day so call the whambulance for them. Do you darn job and stop complaining that you “might” have to work through Thursday.

FluffyOne on December 15, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Thanks, Cruz!

We had a deal. These nominations were going to be carried over, the Cromnibus and tax extension passed today or tomorrow, and the Senate would go home.

Cruz decided to foul up the works, Reid considers the deal off.

You can have both of them.

Adjoran on December 15, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Wait a minute, is this the United States Senate or a UVA frat party?

Happy Nomad on December 15, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Either way, I’ve got my Toga.

reddevil on December 15, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Schadenfreude on December 15, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Happy Nomad on December 15, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Harry “the Nutcracker” Reid…

Fallon on December 15, 2014 at 4:38 PM

What an odious man.
otlset on December 15, 2014 at 2:46 PM

True. But ya gotta respect that he stands up and fights for his ideology.

More than I can say for our “team”.

Skywise on December 15, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Cruz decided to foul up the works, Reid considers the deal off.

You can have both of them.

Adjoran on December 15, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Reid better be careful, then, or McConnell might just scotch the “…and we’ll restore the old super-majority filibuster rule as soon as we’re back in power” part of the deal. Or any number of the other little nice things and quid pro quos that an otherwise collegial colleague like McConnell could do for Reid over the next 2 years only now he won’t.

Nah. He’ll do them all anyway. Darn old Cruz.

de rigueur on December 15, 2014 at 6:59 PM

coldwarrior on December 15, 2014 at 2:48 PM

+1

MOgovMOproblems on December 16, 2014 at 10:12 AM