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

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"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. Cam

    The left is going to suck the middleclass dry. They're too lazy to work and they enjoy living off of the government aka middleclass taxpayers' funds; it's a way a life. Now stop being lazy and all abled bodied Obama supporters go get a job, but you may need two since Obamacare has created a 30 hr work weeks rather than 40.

    September 29, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  2. Democrats are pigs!

    King Harry, back in 2007, Obama cried that he would reduce the deficit, and yet he and his minions are back at the trough for another 3 trillion reload! Obama has ruined this country, and you are aiding and abetting this economic terrorist. You need to go and help Cruz.

    September 29, 2013 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. American Worker

    Reid is a hypocrite.
    He's apparently a modern day Gadianton.

    September 29, 2013 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  4. pjoe

    Hey Harry, what budget has been passed by both houses that even mentions ACA/Obama-care?

    Oh, you haven't passed one in 4-5 years? You should have passed a budget when you had a chance ... duh?

    September 29, 2013 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  5. Jack

    He's right either fish or cut bait time. Tea Party Republican will continue this kind of tactics into Christmas and then the new year starts with giving the Democrat's all political ammunition they need.

    As a former Republican, I couldn't write better sernario! It's like straping a shotgun to your leg aimed at your foot and telling me I can pull the trigger anytime! And then saying I'll let you reload anytime and repeat the procedure until I let you blow my whole leg off! And do it in shark infested waters

    Enjoy winning the battle and losing the war!

    September 30, 2013 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
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