Skip to comments.Reid backtracks on money votes (Exempt Dingy frightened about 2014 election)
Posted on 07/09/2014 4:38:37 PM PDT by Libloather
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has upset some Democratic senators by backtracking on his commitment to put spending bills on the floor this summer.
The broken promise is not sitting well with appropriators, but Democratic sources point to the November elections, noting appropriations bills attract a slew of controversial amendments. Keeping the legislation off the floor shields vulnerable Democrats from taking tough votes that could be used in campaign ads this fall.
Reid told Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) earlier this year that he would set aside June and July for debating appropriations bills on the floor, but no spending measure came up for a vote last month and the July calendar is already full with other priorities.
Mikulski said in May that she expected to spend the weeks before the August recess putting the long-derailed appropriations process back on track.
Were going to be on the floor June and July and I have a commitment from Sen. Reid to do that, she told The Hill at the time.
Instead, the Senate will consider a sportsmens bill, sponsored by vulnerable Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, legislation responding to the Supreme Courts decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores, an emergency supplemental appropriations bill addressing the flood of illegal immigrants on the southwestern border, and a bill addressing the shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund.
Jim Manley, a Democratic strategist and a former aide to Reid, said it is the leaders job to protect his vulnerable colleagues months before a tough election.
Thats what leaders do, is protect their caucus. In a perfect world where everything is on the up and up, we would have the free flow of amendments as weve seen in years past, Manley said.
A senior Democratic aide said spending bills would come to the floor if Republican and Democratic appropriators reach a deal that would guarantee they would reach a final up-or-down vote.
The staffer also pointed out that Reid cant bring spending bills to the floor unless they have been marked up in committee.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has passed seven spending measures this year and the defense appropriations bill will be marked up next week.
Mikulski has not scheduled markups on three spending measures the Energy and Water, the Labor Health and Human Services, and the Financial Services appropriations bills despite expectations that the measures would be readied for floor consideration before the August break.
A Democratic senator on the Appropriations Committee said Reid pressed Mikulski to delay the markups and added that she is frustrated.
Its Reids decision, said the lawmaker, who requested anonymity. My guess is a couple of senators went to him and said they didnt want to vote on some amendments.
The senator expressed concern that Reid has adopted a defensive posture and suggested a better strategy would be to pass the bills so Democrats could brag about the popular provisions in the legislation.
The senior Democratic aide pushed back on those claims.
It was not Reids decision to cancel any markups, the aide said, calling the claim flatly untrue.
The decision to schedule a markup belongs alone to Mikulski, as chairwoman of the committee, the staffer said.
Another Democratic aide said Mikulskis panel said a few markups havent been scheduled because we didnt know whether Republicans would try and force non-germane amendments onto the bills.
The issue here, the aide said, is that the GOP is blocking the spending bills through procedural tactics.
Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson said, Sen. Reid remains open to floor consideration of appropriations measures if Republicans would come to him with a list of reasonable amendments, not just partisan political attacks.
Everything McConnell is trying to do right now is focused on undermining the president and the administration. Hes shedding crocodile tears, he said.
Republicans, who have worked well with Mikulski during the first year and a half of her tenure as the first woman to chair the Appropriations Committee, also pointed the finger at Reid.
Sen. Shelby and Sen. Mikulski have been a great team and are committed to moving by regular order. Unfortunately the roadblocks are coming from the majority leadership. Sen. Reid didnt want votes on amendments and that has held up the process, said a Senate Republican aide, referring to Sen. Richard Shelby (Ala.), the senior Republican on the appropriations panel.
Otherwise known as gridlock.
Democratic sources point to the November elections, noting appropriations bills attract a slew of controversial amendments. Keeping the legislation off the floor shields vulnerable Democrats from taking tough votes that could be used in campaign ads this fall.
Protect their carcass...
I wonder what type of legislation the Senate can pass that would supercede or overrule a SCOTUS ruling...
I know of none...
Of course Reid can just make something up...
Paging Orville Redenbacker. This calls for some serious popcorn.
Hopefully, Dingy will be the Senate Minority Leader next year. If not, then Obama will have two more years of unfettered freedom to appoint far left wing judges who will be legislating from the bench for the next 30 years.
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
He’s up for re-election this Fall?
Just as nobody in all the other 49 states that are not Ohio, never voted for John Boehner.
Why are these two men wielding powers over the USA that were never intended by our carefully designed system of government?
They are preparing to vote on a bill to circumvent the 1st Amendment; what could possible go wrong for them?
Nope. That's when he becomes a backbencher.
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