Skip to comments.Cantor to Reid: If you’re so confident ObamaCare repeal will fail in Senate … Put it up for vote
Posted on 01/19/2011 8:49:38 AM PST by SeekAndFind
It’s been a while for me, so I’m no longer sure of the protocols of dog dares, but this seems like a jump right to a triple. Harry Reid has insisted that any attempt to pass a full repeal of ObamaCare in the House would be doomed in the Senate and therefore a waste of time. In response, Eric Cantor told Reid to put it up for a vote if he feels that confident in the results:
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor isnt one to hold his feelings back especially when it comes to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
On Tuesday, the Virginia Republican threw a little more fuel on the fire, suggesting Reid (D-Nev.) was afraid to actually bring up the health care repeal vote in the Senate.
If Harry Reid is so confident that the repeal vote should die in the Senate then he should bring it up for a vote if hes so confident hes got the votes, Cantor said.
Reid’s spokesman says that the Senate won’t vote on repeal because three-quarters of Americans want the law to stay as it is:
Not only would repeal not pass, but according to a poll by AP over the weekend, three out of four people dont want it to, Reid spokesman Jon Summers said. Why? Because full repeal means raising taxes on small businesses, reopening the Medicare donut hole, and putting insurance companies back in charge of your health care.
Actually, if that were the case, then Reid would have no trouble scheduling a vote. The Senate would spend hours extolling the virtues of ObamaCare and then hold a vote where the House repeal would get widely opposed. Such a spectacle would cement the spin that the Republican House leadership is radical, out of control, and unrepresentative of the American political consensus.
Reid knows, however, that it’s his Democrats who have alienated the electorate through the passage of ObamaCare — and so does Cantor. In fact, so do a number of Reid’s colleagues in the Senate, 23 of whom have to face voters next year. Some, such as Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Jon Tester of Montana, had hoped to spend the 112th Session casting enough conservative votes to get their constituents to forget the ObamaCare vote in 2010. The last thing many of them need is to be forced to support it again in this session, even with a cloture vote.
Reid can’t afford to schedule a vote on a repeal, because one might actually pass, not because it would get easily defeated. Barack Obama would then veto it, of course, and there aren’t enough votes to overturn the veto. But Obama’s veto will make Obama look just as out of touch as those Democrats who want to avoid a second showdown at all costs.
But 23 incumbent Democrat senators up for re-election in 2012 many in red states has Reid scared poopless.
So he would see-thru?
He would BE see-thru.
Reid will never be poopless.
The House has the entire Power of the Purse. What more needs to be said?!
The House can get the Senate to do whatever it wants...one needs merely to be willing to fully use the available power.
Well said. Every time Dingy opens his mouth, some metabolic byproduct spews out. If the dems that might lose their seats don’t stand up and listen to the people, they will be ousted just like the last batch back in November. Eventually the ship’s course will be reckoned with.
what? no pictures of Eric Cantor? there should be a rule...
Ganymede Reply #10 Jan. 18, 2011 - 3:37 PM ESTLOL. Civility indeed.
Reid is right. Cantor should mind his own business in the House where he was elected to serve. If he wants to throw bombs at Reid then he needs to run for the Senate. House members telling Senate members what to do or Senate members telling House members what to do is just more of the stupid lack of civility on the part of Congress and the people elected to serve in their respective areas of Congress. Cantor needs to STFU and do his elected job which is in the House and not the Senate.
Because he’s so full of it, his eyes are brown.
If Reid is correct that it would fail a vote, it would be pretty humiliating to Republicans if it failed.
Wonder why Harry is passing up such a great opportunity?
(Of course we know why).
why, thank you!
Harry is a afeared, powerful afeared.
“Reids spokesman says that the Senate wont vote on repeal because three-quarters of Americans want the law to stay as it is:”
Did anyone see this poll?
Why then are 26 states lined up trying to repeal Obamacare?
This is insanity .. politicians living in some alternate universe while governing ours.
LOL! I'm sure that's exactly what Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid were saying to each other throughout the 111th Congress.