Harry Reid (D-Obstructionist)
Yesterday was a typical day in Harry Reid’s Senate. After more than a week of wrangling, the Senate was finally poised to advance an overwhelming bipartisan bill – the House-passed JOBS Act (H.R.3606). Not surprisingly, Mr. Reid was less than pleased when Senate Republicans rebuked his attempt to add “partisan amendments like the ExIm Bank reauthorization that threaten to derail the bill.”
It was typical Senate – staged, dramatic and unnecessary.
- The first vote was the motion to invoke cloture (i.e., end debate) on the Reed Substitute Amendment #1833, the Senate Democrat alternative to the House-passed JOBS Act.
- If that vote failed (and it did), the Senate would vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Cantwell Amendment, an extension and expansion of the Export-Import Bank.
- If that vote failed (and it did), the Senate would vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the House-passed JOBS Act.
When Harry Reid lost the vote on the Export-Import Bank, which he was expecting to win, he canceled the subsequent vote on the JOBS Act. He took his ball and went home! Now, there is some speculation that Senate Democrats may oppose a bill that received 390 votes in the House and is supported by President Obama. CQ (sub. req’d) has the details:
After the Senate rejected the cloture motion, which required 60 votes, Democrats huddled for roughly an hour to decide their next steps. Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., who has criticized the regulatory elements of the bill, said many of his colleagues remain troubled by it.
Levin said “absolutely” it is possible that a sufficient number of Democrats would vote against cloture on the bill itself Wednesday, dooming the measure. But Levin also said that Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., “wants to get a bill done here.” (emphasis added)
It’s just another day in Washington!