Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) has been prominent in the news — here, here, and here, for example — in the past couple days for comments made regarding conservative groups with whom he disagrees about the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.
He was apparently not pleased that we released a statement about what our reaction to the budget deal may be if indeed it was comprised of the flawed policies that early reports were indicating it would be. And the early indications proved accurate.
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 13% seems to care more about public relations than he does about protecting Americans from the ravages of Obamacare.
But don’t take it from us. He mistakenly called the continuing resolution, or CR, the “PR” twice today in a press conference after the Senate tabled (i.e. killed) the House CR to fund the government but delay Obamacare for one year.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) 9%, normally quite an aggressive and bold speaker, was quickly shot down when he tried to help Harry find the right word.
“I got it!” Reid snapped.
“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.
Wednesday night, he used a procedural tactic known as “filling the amendment tree,” to get his way on Obamacare – despite the fact that 57 percent of Americans oppose the law.
According to numerous reports, senators have reached a tentative deal, to be finalized Tuesday afternoon, to avert the showdown over confirming President Obama’s executive branch nominations.
With 71 Senators voting to invoke cloture on Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB), “one of the most powerful – and least accountable – regulatory agencies in the government, the reports appear accurate.
Cordray’s initial appointment was an unconstitutional power grab by President Obama. Heritage Action opposed the nomination of Cordray from the start (key vote), in part because “[b]y law, the CFPB has no regulatory authority until a director is confirmed.” We added then and still maintain, “Conservatives must insist the Bureau be repealed, not empowered.” This vote will empower the unaccountable CFPB.
In addition to moving forward on Cordray, sources say part of the deal is that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) can pick two new nominees and the other five nominees go forward.
Of course, Harry Reid’s antics and threats of going nuclear were all an effort to get his way and Mr. Obama’s way on nominations with which the GOP and conservatives have legitimate concerns. And who is to say Reid will not deploy the exact same tactic in a couple weeks on judicial nominees, namely those on the DC Circuit?