Reid: House votes 'pointless'
September 28th, 2013
04:37 PM ET
7 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 (181 Responses)
  1. 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 |
  2. Niick

    Wow, can't the Senate THINK for themselves. Nothing but Obama Sheep i that party now. If you can't think for yourselves, listen to the people. NOT the last Presidential Election.The President is just ONE person. A lot has changed since the election.

    September 28, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. Mike Buck

    The Take Education Away (TEA) Party strikes again.

    September 28, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. Thomas

    If the GOP had any plan for affordable health care , wouldn't they have let it be known by now ?

    Green Egg's and Ham

    September 28, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  5. The SGM

    No one should expect any other response from Reid. It is all his way or no way and the other side is always at fault.

    September 28, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  6. Noone

    "the American people will not be extorted by Tea Party anarchists."

    Could not have put any better. It took 60 Senators, a House Majority and a Presidential signature to pass the ACA. How can Republicans seriously think they can just dictate policy and undo a law of this scope when all they have is a House Majority? Not 60 or even 50 Senators and certainly no President and they are behaving like they can demand whatever they want.

    Thank goodness the polls are reflecting this... most Americans understand the Tea Party is being childish. A great many GOP understand this...

    September 28, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  7. obvious logic

    If the House votes are pointless because they won't give in to what the Senate wants, then the reverse is also true and Reid is just as guilty and just as responsible. When neither side is willing to compromise, BOTH sides are at fault.

    September 28, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  8. moliver

    House Republican should change their name to tea party, after all they are be run by them, big bad John Boenher has no leadership, the house GOP are acting rebels and he con not control them, they will damage this country, they already making us look as third world country.

    September 28, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  9. sjc

    Why isn't it that the Senate votes are pointless or even better, perhaps Harry Reid is pointless.

    September 28, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    The whole Republican party is pointless, Harry.

    September 28, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  11. geno marcello

    Harry Reid is a punch-drunk ex-fighter who is growing senile in his old age. He should be retired from the Senate by the voters.He should have retired a long time ago. What a jerk and what a lackey for Barack Obama.

    September 28, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  12. omeany

    I just listened to a GOP House member try to rewrite the history of Obamacare claiming that the 2012 election in which Romney ran to repeal the ACA and lost was really a mandate from the people to continue the fight...even though Romney lost on this very item...even though it's the law of the land upheld by the Supreme Court...even though the majority of Americans are planning on enrolling this Tuesday...They still claim we don't want it....and they claim it's "their duty" to protect us...from the thing we said we wanted and voted for...from the thing the Supreme Court Upheld...

    Sadly, as a nation we are being held hostage by party extremists. Hopefully after this circus is over the American people will vote them out completely.

    September 28, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  13. Stuffit

    House Republicans have offered to fund the goveerment dingy, it is the democrat liberals and the most corrupt, inept, incompetent president we have ever had that are choosing the shutdown.

    September 28, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  14. TexasIndependent

    I've had enough. I've caucused largely with the Republicans for years, but I'm done with the Republican party. This is like watching a train wreck in slow motion. The Tea Party Terrorists are holding the nation hostage to an ideological pipe dream. The ACA ("Obamacare") is a done deal. It implements on Tuesday. Yet the Tea Party Terrorists continue to hold on to some bizarre idea that they're actually going to somehow block it or overturn it. I will be caucusing AND VOTING with the Democrats from this point forward. It's time to throw these Tea Party Terrorists out and take back the country.

    September 28, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  15. sonnie 2

    Dingy Harry is all tax and spend, what a dope
    No compromise either, my way or the highway.

    September 28, 2013 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  16. lerianis

    I do not understand why the Republicans and Tea Party are not being called out as traitors to the country at this point.

    September 28, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  17. ricke1949

    Reid is heading the party of no. No compromise. No reading the bills they passed. No impact for the better.

    September 28, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  18. Joan Dobrzynski

    You have got to be kidding me!!! Please stay out of my life and turn your attention to getting the countries work done.

    September 28, 2013 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  19. Larry L

    When Republicans force our Soldiers to get IOUs rather than paychecks, veterans to miss their benefits, Social Security checks to miss the mail, and Medicare treatments to get eliminated, they can explain to America why they thought that was a good idea.

    September 28, 2013 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  20. Larry L

    "Tea Party anarchists" is a perfectly descriptive term. These are people who want a reason to prove their racist hypothesis and will send America into a deep depression for that cheap and moronic political victory. It appears the actual Republican Party is dead and gone...

    September 28, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    But the people proposing it do have a point – on the top of their heads.

    September 28, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  22. plainspoken

    Spoken like a true Dictator.

    September 29, 2013 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  23. Name

    Well let's republican have their government shut down because of people having health care

    September 29, 2013 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  24. John

    The House votes are only "pointless" if the Senate Democrats refuse to compromise. I guess the Democrats are now the "party of NO".

    September 29, 2013 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  25. Hugh McMahon

    The overwhelming majority of Democrats are blinded to the fact that they ARE socialists. Some, especially in the House, are avowed and drag others along by force or threat. Sadly, our nation is hurtling into oblivion – and this is the aim of these socialists. Most herein will refute this but in the end, the truth will out.

    September 29, 2013 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
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