The Congressional Impasse; aka Harry Reid

We continuously hear criticism of the “do nothing congress.” The reason why nothing is being accomplished to address the myriad problems besetting this nation lay in one man, Senator Harry Reid, Democrat from Nevada and the Senate Majority Leader.

Senator Reid has bottled up 357 bills sent from the Republican controlled House of Representatives, which includes the Immigration Bill passed on August 1st, refusing to bring them to the floor of the Democrat-controlled Senate for debate let alone a vote. Of these bills, 98% are bipartisan and 2/3 of the bills were passed by a 2/3 majority vote, in some cases unanimously; 55 of them were authored by democrats, yet Reid steadfastly refuses to bring them to the floor of the Senate.

In the Senate, Republicans are continuously denied the right to add amendments. The latest example of this occurred the last week the Senate was in session prior to the summer recess when Republicans were denied the right to submit any amendments to the Senate version of an Immigration Bill. In two years, only 9 amendments have been accepted by Reid and Senate Democrats whereas in the House, controlled by Republicans, a single bill had 15 amendments added by a Democrat congresswoman without Republican objection. This type of hyper-partisanship is the reason why the nation is facing a legislative roadblock in the face or international chaos and a humanitarian crisis on the southern U.S. border. Reid is determined to protect the President and his party from making hard choices while continuing to blame Republicans in the House for every legislative failure to address the nation’s problems.

Every patriotic American and political candidate, regardless of political persuasion, should be writing every newspaper, e-mailing every friend and relative, writing and calling every U.S. Senator and calling in to every TV and Radio program with a political venue to protest the obstructionism of Senator Harry Reid and his democrat allies. The business of the nation cannot wait for the President to make time out of his busy fundraiser schedule nor can we continue to tolerate the deliberate sabotage of the legislative process by the venality of one man.

Al Fonzi
5th District Chairman, Republican Party, SLO County
President, SLO County Lincoln Club

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