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.
"There are Republicans who have already said that's the right thing to do, conservatives, moderates, we had one senator today who said she thinks that should happen. In the meantime -- that was a republican senator, by the way. The Republican leader is, Mr. President, just as stunned. The election is over. It's time to get down to business. Mr. President, this paper he has, Secretary Geithner didn’t bring that stack of stuff to me. It was a private meeting, trying to work something out with this very troublesome issue facing this country: the deficit, the debt. This private meeting turned out to be a publicity stunt for republicans talking about what he had said in private. So, Mr. President, object."
Don Stewart, McConnell's spokesman, tweets:
Dem Majority Leader calls voting on the President's tax hike 'a stunt,' blocks vote on it.— Stew (@StewSays) December 5, 2012
Sen. McConnell: The President's plan would not have passed the House "when Nancy Pelosi was Speaker."— Stew (@StewSays) December 5, 2012
McConnell: "even the most liberal members of Congress, the President’s most ardent supporters, haven’t come forward to support" POTUS plan.— Stew (@StewSays) December 5, 2012