Could it be because he knows it wonít pass? That Obama canít even lead his fellow Democrats? That the Democrat Party wants to be able to spread the blame around when Obamaís plan fails? Why won't Harry Reid allow a vote on Obama's fiscal cliff plan?
Senate majority leader Harry Reid is denying the Senate the chance to vote on President Barack Obama's proposal. Reid calls Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's request to vote on the plan a "stunt."
"I reserve the right to object. I just a minute ago moved to the Russia trade bill," said Reid. "The purpose of moving to this bill is to protect American jobs. If we don't do this legislation, we'll lose American jobs for sure and put American companies in even worse shape than they are with Chinese and European companies. So the question is really this: are we going to get serious here and legislate or is this more of the obstruction we felt so much during this last Congress?
"The answer to that is really obvious. The answer is yes. Or are we going to continue the sort of political stunts that the Republican Leader is trying to pull today, now? On the substance, the Senate has passed a bill that goes a long way to address the fiscal cliff. That's already passed here. Last July the Senate passed a bill to continue tax cuts for 98 percent of all Americans and 90 percent of all American small businesses. If the Republican leader were serious about preventing us from going over the fiscal cliff, he would urge his colleague, the speaker, to get the house to -- to get the House to take up the Senate-passed bill now.Ē
As far as Iím concerned, from here on out the failure to avoid the fiscal cliff is all on the Democrats and their leader, Harry Reid -- the man who cheered this very plan when it was proposed by Obama last week.