Reid: House votes 'pointless'
September 28th, 2013
04:37 PM ET
11 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. edofchattanoogatn

    A SLOTH repubLIECON will say anything, do anything and stoop to any low to get their evil way !!!! They will commit ANY corrupt act to make it possible for them to hang on to their massive riches !!!! A repubLIECON would sell their own grandmother or grandchildren if they thought it would make them richer !!!! I say do everything opposite to the wishes of the repubLIECON party and you will end up doing THE RIGHT THING !!!!!

    I say we need to DEPORT ALL repubLIECONS to Iran or Iraq; they will surely LOSE THEIR HEADS over there and get what they deserve !!!!!!

    TennesseeEd

    September 29, 2013 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  2. RAINDEVIL9

    time for reid to go to pasture.

    September 29, 2013 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  3. liberal disease

    listen to the people Dingy Harry you are pointless and so is the law and tax.

    September 29, 2013 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  4. Owen

    Neither party displays the required statesmanship to avoid continual brinksmanship.

    September 29, 2013 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Never vote Republican

    September 29, 2013 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  6. Johnny DC

    Reid: "What they're doing is pointless. I mean, what we're doing is adult stuff. They're the children. Take my word for it. Even though we're refusing to negotiate, while they are open to at least some debate, we're the adults and they are the children."

    September 29, 2013 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  7. Terik Ororke

    If the repubs want to change things do it at the ballot box –on second thought–forget it because they will be trounced the nexr election and the dems will control everything so welcome back Nancy!

    September 29, 2013 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  8. TheZogNJ

    The Tea Party is the Republican version of the OWS (Occupy Wall Street) movement from 2012.Both groups were out to destroy.

    September 29, 2013 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  9. Steve

    The only point the Democrats have is Reid's pointed little head.

    September 29, 2013 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  10. Trombonebiker

    These Republican House members are the worst in history. Anarchy is what they want. Rich and no ethics.

    September 29, 2013 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  11. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The house GOP teaparty should be arrested for treason like they do in other country's.. And drag them out of the joke house of teaparty moron garbage of America that nobody supports. Get rid of the GOP!!!!!!!

    September 29, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  12. albert

    The Tea Party with their brand of false religion is destroying America. They are making a mockery of God. Their Bible tells them to take care of the weak and the poor. Instead, they refer to these people as lazy low lives looking for handouts. They (the Tea Party) are not Christians. "Christian" means to be like Christ. Jesus took care of people, and did not mingle in politics. The Tea Party are a bunch of hypocrites and far removed from anything the Bible teaches. You truly are no better than the Taliban, or the Islamic terrorists. It's no wonder that the government wants to take guns away from you! Looking at the big picture, you are the minority and are thus against what most Americans want. You are anti-American, and anti-Christ. And just for the record, I am not a Democrat.

    September 29, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  13. danno

    Reid is pointless and clueless

    September 29, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  14. Anonymous

    madness...out of control madness. Republicans and Cruz especially are mentally deranged, I'm absolutely convinced of that. Oh yeah, we also have a black democrat in the WH. Case closed. They are mad...plain and simple.

    September 29, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  15. mcwsunshine

    It gives me a real warm and fuzzy feeling when an elected representative of the people (Harry Reid) declares that the voice of the American people (the elected House of Representatives) is pointless.

    September 29, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  16. betty

    Time to clean house. Both houses!

    September 29, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  17. doc77

    Madness...absolute madness. I firmly believe the tea party and Ted Cruz, especially, are mentally deranged. Oh yeah, we have a black democrat in the WH...don't forget that. Insane...Cruz insulted the delightful Dr. Suess, that much is for sure. Our only hope is 2014, and a major house cleaning.

    September 29, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  18. Salty Bob

    Well the GOP brand is done, Me and mine are going with the democrats until the republican party elects some grownups not the traitorous helminthiasis we have now.

    September 29, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  19. DC Critic

    Not mean media folks picked up the hypocritical nuance by President Obama yesterday when he said he would not negotiate with the full faith and credit of the United State at risk. This is utter nonsense and Obama knows it. This statement might be half on point if Obama made it as an argument about raising the debt limit - he could argue that raising the debt limit simply allows the US to pay bills Congress already approved. Well Mr President, the current one sided debate is about approving a continuing resolution AKA a budget. This is precisely the time to argue about spending, including Obamacare The President cannot have it both ways - he cannot on the one hand say the debt limit increase must be approved because Congress approved the spending, and also say that Congress cannot approve lower spending in a budget by defunding an expensive unpopular healthcare bill. If you accept Obama's logic, he is saying (1) Congress must approve funding for Obamacare and (2) Congress then must approve the funding for Obamacare because the congress approved the spending for it. This is a shell game that President Obama is playing with the American taxpayers, and he is beinig disingenuous, if not downright dishonest. Mr Obama, in your own words "There is no fiscal discipline in Washington, and yes, we American taxpayers do deserve better"

    Kudos to the GOP – the only ones in DC with a grain of honesty and courage

    September 29, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  20. janskor

    As the battle goes on , two points seem to dominate. one you have 2 groups of adults(repub & dems) in conflict over Obamacare. If we have Obamacare, the middle class takes a hit again. We will pay higher premiums to pay for it Already businesses that did offer medical to part timers are not anymore. An example is medicare the mandatory premium ihas risen and then you need supplement insurance
    Secondly state and federal government are too big and employ too many. Incompetence and inefficiency is rampant, not to mention the unnecessary workers that just collect a paycheck. Way out of control with little checks and balances. So if these public servants were given furloughs and obama care not passed, we'd probably narrow the gap in our deficit

    September 29, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  21. cog in the wheel

    I hope the democrats hold firm and protect the ACA. If the GOP was suggesting something that would improve the legislation or healthcare coverage for all Americans, I'd be more sympathetic towards their actions. Instead they're acting like children. If there IS a shutdown, they are entirely responsible.

    September 29, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  22. MADD

    Just remember people he stated your vote doesnt matter!!!!!!

    September 29, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  23. Jeff Cohee

    Yep, Republicans are performing to script......letting tea party extremists coerce and bully them into political suicide. Just like a junkie they're going to have to hit rock bottom before they understand they can't let a small group of extremists run the party into the ground. Incompetent Republican leadership in the House has brought a sad day for America and an embarrassment for the American people!

    September 29, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  24. Brian

    Boehner is by far The worst– Wimpiest - Speaker all Congressionalll History.( Both Parties) He has no backbone - but constantly lets the Tea party caucus kick his az. The definition of Insanity is doang the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
    42 times these morons have presented the same Kill Obamacare legislation (-that they knew was impassable) - The legislation Harry Reid, and Obama said would be rejected - But -again and again, they presented the Same old you know what!!! - They must be fools - Who else but a fool would continue to try the same old fools errand over and over. They are like a Championship boxer , who, having lost the Championship - continued to contest the results 42 Times. But never accomplished anything else, because he was backwards focused - instead of moving on. This is why I hate the GOP - they are backward looking and accomplish nothing– They have been Obstructionists to their own peril - I hope and pray they get trolloped next time around.
    They Claim they are concerned about the economy - but would throw the Country into greater debt by default.

    FOOLS FOOLS FOOLS FOOLS ___
    They actually get paid to sponsor Legislation that has 00000000000000% chance of being passed.
    Its time the media called them out for what they are - Pathetically Sore Losers -
    who forever role a ball up a hill - only to have it come rolling back down - again and again and again -
    These guys are not diplomats - Diplomats trade for concessions.
    They are instead hard headed - dumba sses .
    If they are so worried about Govt health care - Let them forfeit their Govt. Health care first by example-
    Let them cut their staff and turn their expense accounts back in to the Country -
    – Heck no, they wouldn't do that .
    Their hypocrites sucking on the Nanny State Teat (The one they constantly complain about) for all they can get....
    .Yuck

    September 29, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  25. rpirrie

    O.K.–I'll start by saying it is pointless to post comments about how most Americans don't like the ACA. A healthy chunk that "don't like it" think it doesn't go far enough. Another chunk out of that group "doesn't like it" because they have been fed disinformation from the right.

    September 29, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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