Letters to the Editor

Sen. Reid does nothing

We continuously hear criticism of the “do nothing Congress.” The reason why nothing is being accomplished to address the myriad problems besetting this nation lays in one man: Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Senate majority leader.

Reid has bottled up 356 bills sent from the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, refusing to bring them to the floor of the Democrat-controlled Senate for debate let alone a vote. Of these bills, 98 percent are bipartisan and two-thirds of the bills were passed by a two-thirds 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. In two years, only nine 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. Reid is determined to protect the president from making hard choices. Given the president’s heavy schedule of campaign fundraisers, we wouldn’t want to waste his valuable time with the business of the nation.