Harry Reid and other Democrats are mad at Republicans. The reason? Republicans have allowed a vote on the Bernie Sanders/Tom Udall anti-Koch Brothers constitutional amendment.
Many of the Republicans only voted for the bill to foul up Democrats’ pre-election messaging schedule, freezing precious Senate floor time for a measure that ultimately has no chance of securing the two-thirds support necessary in both the House and Senate to amend the Constitution.
The legislation needed 60 votes to advance and Democrats took a cynical view of the 79-18 tally. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the GOP’s tactic was simply to “stall” because it would eat up limited floor time that Democrats are eyeing for votes aimed at encouraging gender pay equity and raising the minimum wage.
“They know we’re getting out of here fairly shortly and they want to prevent discussion on other very important issues,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Get that? Senate Democrats are mad that Republicans have moved forward to allow debate on an issue that they all ostensibly support. Their specific accusation is that Republicans are being “cynical” because they don’t intend to actually vote for the amendment in question.