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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Michael Reagan: Good Riddance, Harry Reid
Good Riddance, Harry Reid
By Michael Reagan
Now that Harry Reid's no longer in charge of the Senate, gridlock appears to have disappeared entirely.
If you believed the mainstream media — and who's foolish enough to do that? — Republicans were solely responsible for gumming up the legislative works from 2010 until 2014. So when the GOP took over the Senate in 2014 it would be only natural to assume a state of total entropy in the body with various senators flailing about without rhyme or reason. (Come to think of it, that happens all the time.)
The New York Post observes that when Reid was in charge, "gridlock was the order of the day. He refused to bring many House-passed bills to the Senate floor — sometimes to protect Democrats from having to cast a tough vote, sometimes to avoid exposing the lack of Democratic support for Obama policies."
It was a win–win for him, since MSM lapdogs put the blame for the inertia on Republicans. But now that Harry confines his confrontations to exercise equipment the Senate is completely different. Bills are being passed.
It took a while to get up to speed. Initially Democrats blocked consideration of a sex–trafficking bill for rank political purposes, since it contained language prohibiting public funding for abortion that had been in legislation since the '90s.
Senate leadership delivered a simple message: No vote on Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch until a vote is held on the sex-trafficking bill. Magically the roadblock dissolved like an Obama red line. The trafficking bill passed and unfortunately so did the Lynch nomination.
In fairly short order Sen. Bob Corker, R–Tenn., saw his superfluous bill requiring Senate approval of any deal with Iran passed. (Bob, read the Constitution. It's already in there.) And now the august body is teeing up a "fast–track" trade authority bill that has a disturbing and unfortunate resemblance to Obamacare.
It's so secret senators aren't allowed to take notes after they read the portions of the treaty Obama has given them permission to see.
This is the way the people's business is supposed to be conducted. In public with recorded votes and not in a backroom where Harry Reid unilaterally decides what legislation will see the light of day.
So long Harry. You won't be missed.
Michael Reagan is the son of former President Ronald Reagan and chairman of the League of American Voters. His blog appears on reaganreports.com