Harry Reid

Surprise! Harry Reid Is Happy About Conservative Bashing

Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. John BoehnerN/AHouse Republican AverageSee Full ScorecardN/A 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.  

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Biting into Sequestration with the Budget Deal

“It looks like a hold-your-nose, vote-yes kind of vote for me.  There are other things I don’t like, but the trade-off is, we do for the first time bite into sequestration,” said Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Gerald Connolly18%House Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard18%.

This remark gets to the heart of the budget agreement reached by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Paul Ryan63%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard63% and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Patty Murray0%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard0%.  Some lawmakers have been eager to undo sequestration, an imperfect but effective tool at cutting spending, and this budget deal is their opportunity.

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The Ryan-Murray Spending Increase

Status: On December 10, 2013, House Budget Chair Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Paul Ryan63%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard63% and Senate Budget Chair Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Patty Murray0%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard0% unveiled a budget agreement to replace part of the sequester and increase spending for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. The top line budget number will increase from $967 billion to $1.012 trillion in FY 2014 and from $995 billion to $1.014, a total increase of $63 billion. These increases will be paid for by a blend of future spending cuts and revenue increases.

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Mary Landrieu, “Fixing” Obamacare is a Nonstarter for Louisianans

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mary Landrieu2%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard2% kicked off her reelection campaign with a TV ad boasting of her bill that would “fix” Obamacare, the “Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act.”  But is this really something to be proud of?

She’s onto something: Americans are dissatisfied with Obamacare.  She’s probably read the polls recently, like the Gallup poll that indicates 52 percent of Americans want Congress to scale back or repeal Obamacare entirely.  Or perhaps she saw the poll this past August which showed 62 percent of Louisiana voters opposed Obamacare. 

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5 Steps to Standing Up to a Bully

One of the questions that has arisen since Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Harry Reid7%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard7% – with the help of all but three of his party’s senators – invoked the nuclear option to change the Senate’s rules (essentially eliminating the filibuster for nominations) is what the Senate minority (in this case, Republicans) can do about it.

There are a number of parliamentary maneuvers in the Senate rules that would allow the minority to make Reid’s majority pay a heavy price for his elimination of minority rights and the curtailment of debate in the country’s formerly most deliberative body.  Those parliamentary rules allow even a minority to virtually shutdown the Senate.

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