Harry baits Boehner

Apparently the plan is to bait Boehner into making a deal. Harry Reid went on the offensive today against John Boehner:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said this morning that it “looks like” Congress will fail to come to a deal to avert the year-end fiscal cliff, blaming the failure on House Speaker John Boehner’s “dictatorship” running the lower chamber.


“It looks like that’s where we’re headed,” Reid said. “I don’t know, time-wise, how it can happen now.”


It’s not exactly a surprise — leaders left Washington last week without any imminent signs of a deal in the making. But it’s a grim warning just days before tax hikes and automatic spending cuts begin to take effect.


Reid opened the Senate session by launching into a lengthy criticism of the House and Boehner, saying he “seems to care more about his Speakership” than making a deal on the cliff.


The House is being run “by a dictatorship of the Speaker,” Reid said. He accused Boehner of waiting until the election of the Speaker on Jan. 3 to get involved with negotiations. And he urged the lower chamber to pass the Middle Class Tax Cut Act, which the Senate narrowly passed in July. The bill made permanent all of the Bush-era tax cuts on incomes of less than $250,000 for couples and $200,000 for individuals.


Reid also slammed the House for not being in session on Thursday. He said that instead of being in Washington, Republicans are “out watching movies.”

3 Responses to Harry baits Boehner

  1. lless December 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    This kind of childish crap is only going to spread the stalemate blame. All Harry had to do was point out for how many days the Senate passed Bill saving middle class taxpayers has been held captive by the Speaker and then SFU. Juvenalia.

  2. russ December 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    I disagree with Reid. When the Rethuglicans are ‘out watching movies’, instead of being in session, I’d say we are all much better off.

  3. Izquierdo December 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    Reid also slammed the House for not being in session on Thursday. He said that instead of being in Washington, Republicans are “out watching movies.”

    Unless they’re teetotaling Mormon Republican Senators from potatoland, in which case they are in Washington, drunk-driving with a BAC of .11% at 2 a.m., while their familes are back in Idaho watching movies.

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