Reid: House votes 'pointless'
September 28th, 2013
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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. JRMikla

    This is an intraparty fight between real Republicans and the Tea Party.

    September 29, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. Sam Rowland

    I think this situation shows that we all better wise up and start voting against incumbency. It is destroying our system of government – by returning these people year after year and entrusting them with the welfare of this nation we are destroying any future for our children and grandchildren. Benjamin Franklin said the US Constitution would be the second greatest document ever written other than the Scriptures, but ultimately it would fail because of the corruptness of the people and when the people become totally corrupt – we will turn to despots because only despots can govern the corrupt. He was talking about the people we elect to office under the system of government he was proposing. He knew this – and used this argument to get term limits written into the constitution, as a solution to the corruption he knew was to come. What he did not for see was the media's power and ability to keep these people in office – people they know that are easily corrupted – (thus the constant reference to "unnamed sources" we always see). Vote against incumbency and help save a nation and a constitution that was founded and written by God fearing people.

    September 29, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. carl martin

    Harry Reid Is a idiot who
    has turned his back on the American people
    Along with the communist er I mean democrat party

    September 29, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Anonymous


    I love how you twist talking points. It is the GOP's fault. Instead of trying to improve the inefficient government you speak of, they have done nothing, NOTHING to make improvements. Unless you count needless abortion bills, defund Obamacare bills, and renaming post offices top priorities of tens of millions of people living paycheck to paycheck. Believe me, what the GOP has represented these past 5 years is not what mainstreet America represents. John Boehners "HELL NO" is finally coming back to haunt him. If you scream fire long enough people stop listening to the message and the messenger. The GOP has lost all credibility. It is their fault, not the "dems" fault.

    September 29, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. SFRich

    "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."

    I found it hysterical that Issa would take issue with a reporter presuming the House's amended bill would fail in the Senate. It just points out how out of touch the GOP is from reality.

    But then again, the GOP in modern times has taken to the tactic of adopting their own version of reality. Issa just illustrated that this repeat-the-untruths-so-often-people-will-think-them-true tactic isn't only for the press and the public at large, but that they actually BELIEVE it!

    September 29, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Susan

    The best doctors and medical technology in the world won't do you any good if you are low or middle income and can't afford to get sick. I for one would not be alive today if not for Medicare! We need health insurance for everybody like the rest of the civilized world!

    September 29, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. dklajkl2jkljklsjkl

    Every member of congress at this point is a traitor.

    What we need is a no confidence vote for congress to kick everyone out. The entire culture in congress is fundamentally broken at this point.

    What we need is a yearly vote on congress, if their approval rating ever falls below 50%, they are ALL fired, their pensions revoked, and all their benefits like free healthcare terminated. The fact that congresses approval rating has been so low for so long is an atrocity. Yet people keep reelecting these clowns.

    The last dozen or so years of congress has been such an absolute joke its not even funny anymore.

    September 29, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. ncwriter

    This is so stupid. Thousands upon thousands of people are losing any chance at benefits and losing pay when companies are cutting their hours to below 30. So instead of benefiting from the law, it is punishing some of the very people that it was intended to help. It's a bad law, it should be repealed and replaced. But instead of actually doing anything productive about it, Democrats are playing politics and we all know it. Disgraceful.

    Additionally, cost IS going up and will go up even more; it's supply and demand, the most basic law of economics. Add more demand and prices go up. Cut supply and prices go up. Try to control prices and you get a shortage. It's a law a certain as gravity, as certain as death.

    September 29, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Wascally Wepubwicans

    I agree with mike...the Dems seem to let power go to their heads but within the dunderheads is the faction of socialist that they cater to as they hypocritically point fingers at the Tea Partiers. I think it's great to see a system of checks and balances being addressed rather than a bunch of pandering. I hope both sides get tough and we see sparks fly. We need reps and sens with some gumption rather than gummy bear spines. In the end I hope conservitaves win because then the American people win!

    September 29, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Susan

    I feel the Tea Party idiots are holding this country hostage! I hate republicans! I feel they are traitors and should be treated as such. If my social security or Medicare is taken away or reduced because of these morons there will be hell to pay!!

    September 29, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. Bob Jackson

    So according to Harry Reid, there is no more need to vote, its pointless. He joins numerous dictators in Africa who believe the same thing. The answer to men like Harry Reid is 1774, which seems to be getting closer everyday.

    September 29, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. waitnonasunnyday

    Rand Paul...please stand and read the entire Obamacare Law, with a monitor so citizens can follow along. Let everyone see it. That way the politicians who vote for it can't say they didn't know.

    September 29, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Jay

    All elected officials have forgotten they have been elected by the people for the people, not for themselves. To say that
    the Senate will not pass a bill from the Republicans prior to reading it, indicates poor performance. Voting Obamacare into law before reading and understanding it was poor performance. If Obamacare is as wonderful as everyone says, it should apply to everyone including the Congress, Senate, President, unions, and large companies. Our elected officials are entitled to too many benefits and too high a pay to not remember why they are there.

    September 29, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Wascally Wepubwicans

    Have you seen how many zeros are in 17.5 trillion...$17,500,000,000,000.00 in debt, no balanced budget, Obamacare is not the proverbial straw that broke the camels back...its the wrecking ball that crushes Americans. It's a perfect strategy for the GOP! Delay it one year when midterms wind up...the Dems will have their heads handed to them! Implement Obamacare and overwhelmingly 2016 will be a victory for the GOP. Smaller government sounds great in shrinking the deficit.

    September 29, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Wascally Wepubwicans

    I see all these post about the GOP and TP but all they say is they need to be thrown out or they got to substance, just praise for their fearless's a bunch of bunk! The sinister Harry Reid/Nancy Pelosi ideas just do not work for freedom, come on people "mandate" is not freedom! Mandatory taxes from the King of England is what the Boston tea party contested! Freedom is telling our government to go to hell if we don't like them because we will elect someone else who is competent. I could see Obama get us in a great war ( maybe III ) so he could try like HSTruman to get a 3rd term. Just like they didn't want Tea with tariffs, I do not want Obamacare with its Tariffs. If you are going to criticize the tea party or GOP then give reasons why, not just vote em out!

    September 29, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Sam

    In civilized world the healthcare is not a privilege, it’s a right.

    September 29, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. Sam

    In civilized world the healthcare is not a privilege, it’s a right.
    Ever guessed why Danes, Swedes, Norwegians are happiest people in the world according the annual survey?
    The health of the nation does not depend on how many billionaires has grown there.
    The growing gap between 1% and 99% is not a healthy sign for the nation.

    September 29, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. agathokles

    The Affordable Care Act is law. And it was upheld by the US Supreme Court. Get over it, GOP! The GOP would be screaming if the Dems did something like this - attempting to undermine a legitimately enacted piece of legislation.

    September 29, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Normal In NH

    No Mr. Reid, you are pointless!

    September 29, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. Quixote

    The law is going into effect, funding bill or no funding bill. Al the repubs are doing is having a hissy fit because there is a law they dont like, but under our Constitutional Democracy they are powerless to stop. They lost in the elections, they lost in the courts, and yet they still think it should be there way or the highway.

    Mr. President, remember Munich 1938.

    September 29, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. brian

    "When people abroad get serious health issues, guess which doctors/hospitals in the world they prefer? Guess where the top doctors in the world want to move? "

    Actually a lot of the "medical tourism" is going the other direction. My neighbor went to Israel for medical treatment and it cost much less even with the airfare figured in.

    September 29, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. Quixote

    Serious illness os not the problem in our formerly broken health insurance system, .it was access, and primary care, along with ridiculous costs, much of which paid actuaries to figure out ways to deny you the product you paid for.

    Obamacare is a great and important first step toward a really functional system. And the fact that it is working and will be a great success is why the goobs who have spent almost four years playing chicken little are willing to shoot the hostage (us) rather than let it fully succeed.

    September 29, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. Javanne

    Re: 2014, the GOP is snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. If Obamacare is so bad (and I agree), why not let it go ahead and let the American people pass judgement on it in the election?

    September 29, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. GOP = Greed Over People

    Let the spoiled little brats shut down our government, better they just affect our economy.

    Defaulting on the debt, will affect the global economy AND ccauset higher interest rates those "grandchildren" they claim to care so much about, will be paying for decades to come.

    September 29, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  25. Bamabegone!

    Reid is nothing more than Las Vegas mafia . When, oh when will this goon ever be gone!!!!!!!!!!! What, in Hades, has this little squirt EVER contributed to our country lately???

    September 29, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
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