Sen. Kyl: Reid ‘Disrespecting’ Christians by Making Us Work AFTER Christmas (Video)
December 15, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)— This is rich. While Republican Senators delay, block, filibuster, obstruct and delay some more to run out the clock of the current legislative session, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and others are whining about having to do their jobs. Kyl even went to far, as to accuse Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) of “disrespecting” the Christian faith. Why? Because Reid threatened to force obstructionist Senators to return to Washington after the Christmas Holiday to work until the lame-duck session ends on Jan. 4. News flash for Kyl, everyone, including Christians are required to work the week after Christmas, except for craven political Beltway hacks apparently.
“It is impossible to do all of the things that the majority leader laid out,” Kyl said today, “frankly, without disrespecting the institution and without disrespecting one of the two holiest of holidays for Christians and the families of all of the Senate, not just the senators themselves but all of the staff.”
The Republican Caucus in the Senate, has taken obstructionism to an art form, turning democracy on its head, by transforming majority rule into a supermajority minority rule, by filibustering every piece of legislation and every procedural motion, thereby requiring 60 votes to get anything done. Add to that, needless delays and secret holds, and the scorched earth policy of the Republicans to deny President Obama and the Democrats any legislative successes, becomes clear.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the obstructionist-in-chief, complained that he and his fellow Senators were forced to work last near close to Christmas, with snow on the ground. Oh no, not snow!
“Where we are is eerily reminiscent of last year,” Mr. McConnell said at his own news conference. “Many of you were here. It was December. There was either snow on the ground or snow was on the way. And all of a sudden we had, in that case, a 2,700-page bill that no one had seen and that — we were trying to jam it through the Senate.”
McConnell was of course, referring to the historic passage of the Affordable Care Act.
If Republican Senators did not grind the business of the Senate to a halt, causing needless delays, then maybe McConnell, Kyl and others could go home and enjoy their extended Christmas break.
Sen. Reid made it clear that the GOP could not delay and obstruct, until they got their tax cut for the rich passed, and then go home without getting anything else done, including a vote on the START treaty, a vote on repealing DADT and passage of a massive spending bill.
“Christmas is a week from Saturday. I understand that. But I hope the Republicans understand it also, because we are going to complete our work no matter how long it takes in this Congress. We have to do the work of the American people. We’ve been stalled and stalled and stalled this whole Congress, and it’s going on right now,” said Reid.
As an example of just how craven and “obnoxious” the Republican caucus is when it comes to delaying tactics, Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) intend to demand that the 1,924 page omnibus spending bill be read aloud into the record, word for word.
Meanwhile, millions of unemployed Americans are having to make do this Christmas without an unemployment check. And I am sure they would be overjoyed to be able to work the week after Christmas, even with snow on the ground.
As long as Republican Senators play political games and refuse to do the jobs they were elected to do, at this point, the only leverage the Democratic majority has over the Republican caucus is the upcoming holiday break.
Rachel Maddow addressed the dysfunctional Senate on her show last night, pointing out that unless the Democrats use the leverage of the Christmas holiday, nothing will get done. The Republicans will just grab their tax bonuses for the wealthiest two percent of Americans and go home, and to hell with the rest of us.
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