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Harry Reid: Good For Me, But Not Thee

Democrats have become rather adept at including things in bills which the Republicans don’t support but because of the overall bill in which they’re included, can’t vote against.   The hate crime legislation is a good example – it was included in a bill which authorized defense spending.

Apparently Republicans are trying to play the same game now:

Senate leaders remained at an impasse Wednesday over adding tax provisions to a bill that would extend unemployment insurance benefits to millions of jobless workers.

The impasse:

But Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., remained at loggerheads on what other amendments the chamber might consider. Republicans have been pushing for amendments on the community group ACORN and on the E-Verify system that checks potential employees’ immigration status.

Turnabout is fair play in politics, but Harry Reid finds this all to be just a terrible bother:

Reid called those amendments “vexatious,” “argumentative,” and “not relevant.”

Of course when Reid is adding hate crime legislation to a defense appropriation bill, it isn’t at all vexatious, argumentative or “not relevant”. It was simply business as usual.

~McQ

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5 Responses to Harry Reid: Good For Me, But Not Thee

  • Reid’s time is running short. He’s merely keeping his Senate seat warm for the next guy at this point.

  • MiniTru has been celebrating the hate crimes legislation (i.e. the “Some Americans Are More Equal Than Others Under Law Than Others Act of 2009″).  But I have to wonder:

    If the legislation is that good and that vital, why wasn’t it passed as a stand-alone bill?  Why was it tagged onto a DEFENSE bill, fer cryin’ out loud?  Why did the dems have to resort to trickery?

    I think we all know the answer.

    At any rate, this business of tagging one bill onto another, huge, unrelated bill is ridiculous and needs to stop.

    Fat chance.

  • Why did the dems have to resort to trickery?

    I think we all know the answer.

    Obviously because of the huge Republican majority in the . . .

    wait…

  • Harry Reid definitely suffers from “Chronic Cerebral Flatulence”!—-Coney