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Harry Reid Dominates Senate Legislative Action
News Max ^ | July 8 2014 | Elliot Jager

Posted on 07/08/2014 7:07:21 AM PDT by PoloSec

The U.S. Senate has been largely immobilized by partisan bickering and the only lawmaker who can get anything done is Majority Leader Harry Reid, according to The Washington Times.

Only 14 Senate bills have been enacted into law this year, the Times reported.

Reid has monopolized the legislative process. His position affords him the power to single-handedly "shape what gets done and what falls to the wayside in Washington," the newspaper said.

The majority leader determines what votes will be considered and what amendments will be permitted. The majority leader pushed through a third of all amendments proposed during 2014 while blocking Republicans from offering virtually any.

Republican Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell describes the situation as "disgraceful." Reid counters that the Republicans prefer to obstruct the legislative process and have forced him to rule with a strict hand.

"If that makes me too powerful, that's too bad," he told reporters. "The only reason that we're doing this is because for 5 1/2 years, everything that this president's tried to do, they've stepped in the way."

To hamstring GOP influence, he has lowered the threshold for ending a filibuster against presidential nominees.

Reid had been willing to allow a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline but withdrew the offer because Republicans insisted they wanted to add amendments that would block the administration from proceeding with coal-fired power plant regulations, according to the Times.

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1 posted on 07/08/2014 7:07:21 AM PDT by PoloSec
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To: PoloSec

When someone dictates what will or will not pass, they system has failed. The US Senate is no longer a body that represents the people. It represents Harry Reid’s personal desires


2 posted on 07/08/2014 7:10:03 AM PDT by realcleanguy
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To: realcleanguy
Harry Reid is a symptom of the problem. He could be gone tomorrow and the next Democrat would become just as bad or worse. Once upon a time, Old Harry was one of the more centerist Democrats before he became minority and later majority leader.

Anyone who wants a position in a Liberal regime is expected to either be extreme or become extreme.

3 posted on 07/08/2014 7:18:59 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: realcleanguy

When will God call this old buzzard to his final reward?Seems way overdue to me.


4 posted on 07/08/2014 7:23:07 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: PoloSec

The Washington Times has a serious case of cognitive dissonance.


5 posted on 07/08/2014 7:24:29 AM PDT by MortMan (All those in favor of gun control raise both hands!)
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To: PoloSec

Bring in a very large amount of Ex-Lax and shift Harry The Reid


6 posted on 07/08/2014 8:15:44 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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