Reid: House votes 'pointless'
September 28th, 2013
04:37 PM ET
10 months 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. Pk dusterm

    The tea party is no better then the politburo say comrade

    September 28, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Meatsack MacGuillicuty

    Harry Reid = Pointless.

    September 28, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. John

    Harry and Obama are not smart enough to try negotiation with the House of Rep's.

    September 28, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. Analgousshark

    SO, you openly state that the HOUSE is pointless. So basically your saying you run everything from the senate?

    September 28, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. Rao U

    Reid doesn't like it because he has never heard of curbing spending.
    Do we need to keep spending money we don't have? how about a proposal from Dems to reduce spending, just for once in my lifetime.

    September 28, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  6. PeterFatKid

    Hostage taker....shame on GOP

    September 28, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. America1st

    First Republicans insisted on "UN-Free, UN-Fair" trade to destroy the middle class, and now this. Tea Slag anarchists, nothing more.

    September 28, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. America1st

    Can the American people filibuster the Tea Slaggard Party of Anarchy?

    September 28, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  9. John

    "House votes are pointless" or "I will not negotiate", sounds like a democracy that is being run by dictators. I don't think either party is always right, but this type of behavior saddens me.

    September 28, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. M B

    I love how the White House will talk to Syria, Iran, Russia but refuses to BUDGE one bit with Republicans. Harry Reid is senile. Look at the polls. American people are receiving their letters telling them their medical plans (which Obama promised they could keep) are being dropped. People who use to work 40 hours are being dropped to 29 due to this bill. BUT the talking heads just keep talking... with their fingers in their ears. Let's just call Citizens of this country terrorists, anarchists .. if they say it enough the journalists and the uninformed will keep believing it. Lies. IF you happen to be in the right part of the country where your rate may actually go down, your deductible is enormous! How does that help the middle class? Great! my premium went down but now I have a $5,000 deductible! Oh thank you!

    September 28, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. Jason

    Ugh. I don't get how a minority of a minority party can actually do this to their country. Quite frankly, I see every Tea Party member as traitor to their country. I hope their retirement checks bounce since most retirement plans are invested in bonds and Treasury notes.

    September 28, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  12. john smith

    I agree the house votes are pointless. They should just like it go through, because it is so full of problems it will explode on it's own. Then who will the democrats blame. When you live in a dictatorship there is not room for any compromise. It is there way or no way. Long live liberal America

    September 28, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  13. Steve

    The Republican GOP have obviously lost their minds. LOL! The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is starting Tuesday regardless of a government shutdown and millions of Americans are going to get insured for less costs. After that the ACA will become popular and it will solidify the ACA and show what horses a.s.s.es the GOP are. I can't wait!!! I hope ALL Republicans get kicked out of office in 2014!!

    September 28, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. Steve

    So the GOP think they are winning points with Americans by causing a government shutdown. Wait till 2014 elections and watch the GOP lose the House of Representatives.

    September 28, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. steve

    I don't understand why the Republican Party has moved from the age old strategy of getting the votes needed in both houses to instigate legislation and rather adopted the plan of holding funding for the government as hostage, because of something it doesn't like.

    September 28, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  16. Ron L

    MY advice to the President is plain and simple...HOLD FIRM...DO NOT NEGOTIATE AT ALL...This nation can not afford to have ANY PRESIDENT forced to settle budget disagreements outside the regular budget process!!! I KNEW this was going to happen this time because the President negotiated with them the last time. They viewed this as a WEAKNESS and HE HAS to let them RUIN the credit rating of the Country to get them out of this bad habit. As a nation we decided not to negotiate with terrorist, the SAME PRINCIPLE applies here. If he negotiates this time, in 12 months this whole cycle will start up again, it is unhealthy for the world economy not just ours.

    September 28, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. observer1776

    Harry Reid statement:
    "...the American people will not be extorted by Tea Party anarchists."
    The truth:
    The American people are being held captive by a Senate dictator working for his Marxist Boss.
    The Tea Party Voice of the people is declared subversive.
    This is reminiscent of the charges placed by the Vichy government of France against those who would not bow to the
    will of the Nazi collaborators.

    September 28, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  18. Calm Analysis

    I am strictly non-partisan, and I can see points on both sides of this "disagreement." However, I am always amazed by the sheer arrogance of Harry Reid in supposing that if he or his party are not in favor of a bill coming from the House, it is "dead on arrival." Since when does the Senate dictate legislation? The House is theoretically closer to the people and, therefore, ideally ought to reflect the will of the people they represent. While there has been much banter about Republicans not willing to compromise, it seems to me that Democrats are just as guilty. The whole healthcare bill was shoved down the throat of the American people, and I am sure that there are representatives who voted for it who still do not know what is in it! Just because the bill became law, survived a Supreme Court challenge, and Obama got re-elected does not make it a good piece of legislation! It seems to me that much of the difficulty now is a direct result of how this bill was passed (i.e. not the result of bi-partisan compromise). So, while the Democrats point fingers at the Republicans they hypocritically engage in the same behavior. The whole thing makes me sick!

    September 28, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. Mark

    The house is comming off like they don't give a flying fvck about the American people and are instead throwing a temper tantrum because Obama got relelected due to healthcare. Pretty stupid–Americans don't even like Obama, but we want health care, just like congress enjoys, and we have spoken. This shut down isn't an attack on Obama it's an attack on the average American who just wants healthcare so they don't die. Come election time we'll show you rich brats the door.

    September 28, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. Jeff Kelly

    Go back to your cave Harry. Nobody except a few foolish Nevadaians takes you for anything but a fool.

    September 28, 2013 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. joe

    a majority of all americans dont want a govt. shutdown over the ACA. every single credible economist and most sane republicans don't want a govt. shutdown or a default on our credit rating. the right wing of the GOP is hell bent on destroying this country. they are spoiled rotten babies. all of this because the president wants americans to have access to affordable health care. holy cow! these people are fricking nuts! they don't give a damn about our country or its people. right before my grandfather passed away i asked him if there was anything i could do for him. he told me to never vote for a republican. now i know exactly what he meant.

    September 28, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  22. dsdsvsd

    Shut it down then, democrats.

    September 28, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. CD

    So let me get this correct Reidtard. It is OK for you ram this down the throats of the entire US when all 3 branches were controlled by (D)umba$$es but now some far out tea baggers want to give it back to you and you cry foul? Interesting.

    September 28, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  24. vivian

    Yeah, Harry! Stick to your guns. It`s time to shut the tea party down.

    September 28, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. The Taxman

    Time for Harry Reid to retire and go back to Nevada. He is just a dinosaur about to become extinct.

    September 28, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
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