Shifting Blame: Reid, Schumer Say Republicans Responsible for Inaction
10:44 AM, Jun 8, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Two of the top Senate Democrats are blasting Republicans for inaction in Congress. They blame the Republican House for not passing laws, even though Democrats control the Senate and the White House, and even though their own aides said months ago that nothing would get done this year, in an election year.
Senator Chuck Schumer
"Republicans have clogged or blocked everything we have tried to do, even things, Mr. President, they have agreed on," Majority Leader Harry Reid said yesterday on the Senate floor.
Chuck Schumer, the New York senator who is also a Democratic leader, expressed agreement. "Madam President, I rise in support of the words of the majority leader and the majority whip," Schumer said. "Many of us have been frustrated lately by the glacial pace of activity in the House of Representatives. The Senate is supposed to be the cooling saucer, but these days, the House is where jobs bills and other important measures go to die."
This rhetoric from leading Democrats seems to shift the blame to Republicans, even though Democrats conceded that they'd be more or less inactive earlier this year, as they worked to reelect President Obama.
Citing top Senate Democratic aides, National Journal reported earlier this year that Democrats believe they are in good position to help the presidential election with their legislative agenda:
The article is appropriately subtitled, "Forget passing bills. The Democrats just want to play the blame game in 2012." And the blame game is in full force.
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