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Harry Reid: I Reserve My Right To Object

posted at 6:57 pm on December 5, 2012 by

Since Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner dropped on Congressional leaders the President’s plan last Thursday, complete with tax hikes, a quarter trillion in new spending, and supreme control over how much we borrow and when we borrow it, Washington lefties have accused the Republicans of playing games, hostage taking, and not recognizing that the Democrats won, they lost. They have no intention of negotiating further with Republicans on avoiding the fiscal crisis, because they believe A) there’s no real crisis. They can always print more money. There are no consequences printing presses cannot solve. And B) they’re projecting. They accuse Republicans of playing games while perfectly content using the American taxpayer as a pawn while they demagogue the issue and attempt to blame what they expect to be a dire economy as being the Republicans’ fault.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell put the lie to the rhetoric in 3 minutes today on the floor of the United States Senate. Working on a piece of legislation dealing with Russia, McConnell used his leader privilege to offer a straight up or down vote on Geithner’s proposal. He’s so confident that there is not only no support from the Republican side of the aisle, there’s no support from the Democratic side, either. If Barack Obama’s plan, as proposed by his Treasury Secretary, were to be voted on by a Democratically-controlled Senate, even after the American people have spoken and the mandate has been claimed, there would not be 51 votes. There might not even be 30.

So what does Majority leader Harry Reid say, who has been one of the chief bomb throwers in the rhetoric department, when McConnell asks for unanimous consent to present the Geithner plan as an amendment to the Russia bill, or offer it as its own stand-alone bill?

He objected.

So out of one side of Reid’s mouth this week, he’s planning on blowing up the filibuster rules so that he takes one weapon away from the minority to stop bad legislation by removing the 60 vote threshold to move to debate on a motion or bill. Right now, to force that 60 vote opening filibuster, all one has to do is object to unanimous consent, just like Harry Reid did today. Out of the other, he’s using the standard rules to keep his side from being embarrassing their own President on an issue no one on the Hill believes to be serious.



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You have the right to go f–k yourself too, Dingy Harry.

gsherin on December 5, 2012 at 7:08 PM

I say there, I say there,…I object!………………A voice from the past……Senator Claghorn.

Herb on December 5, 2012 at 7:19 PM

“Harry Reid: I Reserve My Right To Object”

I reserve my right to call Harry Reid a hypocritical, rumor-mongering, lying, bullying, fundamentally dishonest pile of skunk feces, a disgrace to Nevada and the US Senate, unworthy of any office of trust including garbage collector.

JimC on December 5, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Time for Hairy to “choke on it” and croak.

belad on December 5, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Never stopped them from voting against an Obama budget. Come on, Harry, do it.

Cindy Munford on December 5, 2012 at 9:07 PM

This needs to be followed up by the House voting on their proposal and sending it to the Senate. (unless I missed it and it’s already been done.)

Then every time they talk to the media, they begin with: Congress is responsible for legislating. The way this works is that the House and Senate each pass a bill, then they work on reconciling any differences between them. The House has passed a bill, but the Democrats in the Senate refused to even vote on the President’s plan. Once they put forward a proposal they are willing to vote for, then we can talk about negotiating.

FlareCorran on December 5, 2012 at 10:37 PM