Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted to put a stop to President Obama’s latest stump speech that says that Republican’s are responsible for his jobs Bill not being passed expediently. McConnell asked that the bill be brought up from an immediate vote on the Senate Floor. Senate Majority leader, Harry Reid, immediately intervened to stop the vote (knowing that the Bill does not have enough votes to pass) and called McConnell’s move a political stunt.
Stunt or not, one thing is crystal clear, Reid is not interested in an immediate debate or vote on the bill. The New York Times pointed out recently that President Obama doesn’t even have support among Democrats to pass the in it’s current form.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, in an attempt to pluck an arrow out of President Obama’s rhetorical quiver, tried to get the Senate to vote on the president’s $447 billion Tuesday — presumably to test whether Democrats have the votes to pass it.
But while Obama repeatedly has called on Congress to pass the bill right away, Democratic Leader Harry Reid shot down the effort, accusing McConnell of pulling a political stunt.
“I am disappointed that he would play games with this important legislation,” Reid said, pledging to take up the bill later on in the session.