Reid: House votes 'pointless'
September 28th, 2013
04:37 PM ET
1 year ago

Reid: House votes 'pointless'

Washington (CNN) - Harry Reid is never one to mince words.

The Senate majority leader made it abundantly clear Saturday that a House vote on the two proposed amendments to the Senate-passed continuing resolution, which funds the Affordable Care Act, is "pointless" and that a revised bill would go nowhere in the upper chamber, declaring that "the American people will not be extorted by Tea Party anarchists."


"The Senate will reject any Republican attempt to force changes to the Affordable Care Act through a mandatory government funding bill or the debt ceiling," Reid said in a statement.

Reid reprised a spokesman's statements from earlier in the week that attempting to delay the implementation of Obamacare for a year or repeal a tax on medical devices will amount to nothing, leaving the government on the verge of a potential shutdown.

"We are still at square one," the Nevada Democrat said. "Republicans must decide whether to pass the Senate's clean CR, or force a Republican government shutdown."

In a Saturday afternoon statement, White House press secretary Jay Carney did what California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa scolded a reporter for doing earlier this afternoon: presume an amended House bill would fail in the Senate.

The president's top spokesman slammed the House Republica caucus as "reckless and irresponsible," adding Republicans have already attempted to defund or delay the healthcare law more than 40 times.

"Republicans decided they would rather make an ideological point by demanding the sabotage of the health care law," Carney said.

A Democratic source indicated that it was unlikely the Senate would change its plans and return to Capitol Hill before Monday. Mimicking Reid, the Democrat told CNN's Dana Bash "there's no point" coming back to Washington so long as, in the veteran senator's words, Republicans are "playing futile political games."

Barring any changes in the Senate's schedule, the body would get the reworked continuing resolution Monday afternoon should the House pass an amended version of the bill. At that point, the Senate could table the House's version of the bill with a simple majority, which would send the measure back to the House.

In his statement, Reid did not signal how or when the Senate will "reject" the House Republicans' continuing resolution.

The same source also said that the Senate leadership feels comfortable it has lined up all Democrats against repealing the medical device tax, including the leading Democratic sponsor of the repeal in the Senate, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray of Washington, taking verbal cues from Reid, threw more cold water on the GOP leadership's plan, accusing House Republicans of "pandering to the Tea Party."

"House Republicans are now actively pushing for a completely unnecessary government shutdown," Murray said in a statement.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, added to the pile-on, both calling for House Speaker John Boehner to pass a "clean" continuing resolution and lambasting House Republicans for "holding millions of innocent people hostage."

"This is just another attempt by the Republican leadership to try and appease the hard right and simultaneously try to wiggle out of the blame for shutting down the government," Schumer said in a statement.

soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The Guns Over People tea potty domestic terrorists want to finish America off. Stand strong Harry!

    September 28, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Name

    Vote the GOP and Tea Party out 2014. They are mean spirited and hateful. And I am sure they go to church every Sunday and pray that they love and care for those that need help. They are frauds.

    September 28, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. Thomas

    And the Dems will go on record raising taxes once more, good work Harry.

    September 28, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. freedom

    What this egotistical, evil man is saying is that the American people are pointless. You need to leave office, old man. You are in a privileged office of public service – and you are totally abusing it!

    September 28, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. NameTA

    How's it feel jerkwad girly boy fairy reed having something pushed down your throat that you oppose with every inch of your soul that's how we feel about your one sided 0 republican votes for your train wreck Muslim socialist nigbamacare we don't want it we don't want obama we font trust obama we hate obama CRUZ/Palin 2016

    September 28, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Tony

    Republicans can only ruin our nation's credit once. After October 17th, what leverage do they have?

    September 28, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    You tell them Reid. The teatards are nothing but domestic terrorists and anarchists.
    Must be nice to take away healthcare when you are receiving the very best paid for with our taxpayer money.

    September 28, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. len

    Vote the GOP and Tea Party out in 2014. They are mean spirited and haters. They go to church every Sunday and pray to help those in need. Love is what Jesus preached. GOP, TP are frauds.

    September 28, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. Brian Mazzilli

    this is one scary man

    September 28, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. Dean

    Reid is a troll.

    September 28, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. JiminNM

    As soon as the Congress declares we are not at war, and we are not, the President will no longer be able to write executive orders, executive orders will be null and void, and we can begin to restore America and take control back from the bankers. After declaring we are not at war, we must print debt-free and interest-free American currency and replace private banking with public banks. Then we can proceed to charge government officials, bankers and others with treason for what they have done to America. Read the speeches of U.S. Representative Louis McFadden who spoke before Congress in the early 1930s on the government, the Federal Reserve, the bankers and treason. Next, we can charge a host of officials with war crimes and get them prosecuted.

    September 28, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. craig

    Reid: House votes 'pointless'

    Well little King Harry. Pointless my butt. that is MY VOICE

    September 28, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. Anarchists

    That's what the tea party has become.

    September 28, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. Norm

    Sorry Mr. Reid but its more like the Senate vote is pointless. Affordable Care Act is unattainable and you know it. Democrats are hell bent on destroying this country!

    September 28, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. Mike Whitehorn

    Mr.Reid:We the People of the United States DO NOT want the Unaffordable Care Act,you need to listen to the people;Let the American People decide for themselves what insurance to buy and the Government needs to stay out:::this is going to break the bank and it's costing people jobs

    September 28, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. Tampa Tim

    Republicans have done what al Qaeda could not do, destroy the American economy.

    September 28, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. Tampa Tim

    When does the hate for a black president take a back seat to the best interests of our country? For republicans, that is never. I wish the lying republicans could put our country first.

    September 28, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. What a Shame

    Obama will negotiate ( if that's what it's called) with Americas enemies and yet will not sit down with the American congress. Think what you will about current members of congress but Obama is far from Presidential since a big part of his job is working with other branches of government. What an absolute loser Obama is to force the shut down of government over a law that is not ready to launch anyway. The GOP is doing him a favor yet he is too narcissistic and Incompetent to see it. He should take it like he took the lifeline thrown to him by Putin.

    September 28, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. Towel Time

    So it looks like the novelty of being the minority party is losing it's luster. GOP needs to consider a breakup with the TP.

    September 28, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. Libsrtyrants

    Any sincere person knows Reid is happy to let it shut down. So is Obama. He was practically giddy at his press-lecture yesterday. He's a Community Organizer. An Agitator-in-Chief. Strikes are his lifeblood.

    For whatever reason, the Democrats have endless real choices & options they could pursue to avoid a shutdown. With the Tea Party (God Bless 'em) on his right, Boehner has no options.

    Democrats are pushing for a shutdown as hard as they can. I say we give them what they obviously want. Shut her down for a week or so, then see if Oblaimer becomes willing to negotiate.

    September 28, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. Beverly

    Senate votes are pointless also. Our politicians do not listen to us so why should we listen to them?

    September 28, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  22. Mark V

    I think it is hilarious that the Democrats say they are not responsible for a shutdown and blame Republicans for not negotiating. The last time I checked, telling someone that their opinion (vote) is pointless because you REFUSE to negotiate, is not what a rational person would consider to be an attempt at negotiation.

    The Democrat controlled Senate and President basically are telling everyone who disagrees with them that they will not agree to any compromise. Either the Republicans cave to their wishes or they are willing to let the government shut down, knowing that they can blame the Republicans for the entire thing because most of our country is comprised of stupid people. They know that these people will listen to whomever is handing out the money that month, so the lack of negotiation is clearly all on the Republicans as long as they get their welfare check on time.

    September 28, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. don in albuquerque

    The Tea Party need to be treated like the enemies of this country that they are, and the GOP for harboring them. Maybe it is time to call the Koch Bros. in too account for their actions in attempting to overthrow the govt..

    September 28, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. Tampa Tim

    I hope Reid does not give in to the republican hostage takers from the house.

    September 28, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. Mark

    While I don't disagree with Reid, I find it ironic that the upper house – which routinely avoids everything – criticizes the lower house.

    September 28, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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