Harry Reid Wants to Brazenly Trample on the Minority to Get His Way
“We’re not going to bow to Tea Party anarchists who deny the mere fact that Obamacare is the law. We will not bow to Tea Party anarchists who refuse to accept that the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is constitutional.”
– Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 13%, vowing to fund Obamacare despite bipartisan American disapproval of the law
It’s certainly not news that Harry Reid frequently uses his position of power to get his way legislatively in the Senate, and all too often, he doesn’t play by the rules.
The Heritage Foundation wrote about Harry Reid’s tyrannical behavior in 2012:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has regularly used a procedural tactic called “filling the amendment tree” to restrict Senators’ right to debate and offer amendments. While previous Majority Leaders have occasionally used this tactic, Senator Reid has used this tactic often—more than all of his predecessors combined. This tactic combined with another parliamentary maneuver and demonization of the filibuster threatens to squelch dissent in the Senate and further constrict the national debate on important political issues. (emphasis added) The Senate could better serve the American people by ending the use of this tactic.
Reid filling the amendment tree to get his way on Obamacare certainly proves that he is consistent. He’s used the tactic dozens of times.
But consistent tyrannical behavior is nothing to applaud. That’s why principled, conservative elected officials like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 97% and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% have done everything they can on behalf of the American people to prevent Harry Reid from limiting debate.
In 2012, Sen. Reid worked to limit debate in the Senate by changing the Senate rules – which, ironically, he could only accomplish by disregarding the Senate rules in the first place. Legal expert Hans von Spakovsky noted:
Reid wants to severely limit the minority’s ability to filibuster, and his plan for doing so would itself violate the Senate’s rules on rule changes. If successful, he would destroy a critical element of legislative procedure, one designed to prevent the “tyranny of the majority” that the Founders feared above all else.
When Sen. Reid tried to pull that stunt, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 42% opposed the sinister move, according to the New York Times:
Mr. McConnell says that the power to filibuster a motion to proceed to legislation is the lever Republicans need to negotiate the conditions for debate; without it, the minority party will not have a fair chance to amend bills or to shape the discussion.
Sadly, there is not enough outrage about today’s abuse, even though it occurs during this pivotal fight against a government takeover of healthcare in America.
That’s why the grassroots – whose pressure and phone calls were so consequential in the House’s decision to pass a continuing resolution defunding Obamacare – is going to be a decisive factor in how the cards fall in the Senate — senators like Sen. Cruz and Sen. Lee cannot win this battle alone.
Make the call. Tell your Senators to stand by Ted Cruz and defund Obamacare.
Here is Sen. Reid filling the tree on November 13, 2012: