(Thomas Mitchell/4TH ST8) It is now painfully obvious why Harry Reid won’t take time to try to advance legislation that would create jobs for Nevadans — like Rep. Mark Amodei’s bill to sell federal land to Yerington to enhance a copper mine project and create as many as 800 well paying jobs.
Reid, D-Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is far too busy desperately trying to save his own job as Senate majority leader. He can’t be majority leader if Democrats aren’t in the majority in the Senate, and there is no time for anything else on this agenda.
Twice this past week, the self-serving Reid manipulated the calendar in an attempt to help Democratic candidates for the Senate.
According to Human Events, Reid delayed a vote on spending to avoid a government shutdown to pressure Republicans into supporting a huge package of federal lands bills that would benefit a Montana senator who faces a tough re-election bid.
The legislative package was put together by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., who is being challenged by Montana GOP Rep. Denny Rehberg, who has an edge in recent polls.
The package includes $1.5 billion in spending conservation projects and reportedly would assure hunters and fisher access to public land.
“Tester is in a tough re-election campaign and this is nothing but a blatant ploy on Reid’s part to boost Tester’s election chances,” a senior Republican Senate aide told Human Events.
Also this past week, according to U.S. News & World Report, Reid at the last minute called off votes scheduled for this past Thursday evening in order to take away an excuse for incumbent New York Republican Sen. Scott Brown to miss an evening debate in Boston with challenger Elizabeth Warren, who was leading in many polls.
The magazine quoted Reid as saying, “No more votes today. I’ve been to a few of these rodeos. It is obvious there is a big stall taking place. One of the senators who doesn’t want to debate tonight won’t be in a debate.”
Brown had told the Boston Globe that day he would miss the debate if Congress had not finished its work. “Bottom line is, the people have sent me down here to do my job — and that’s to vote,” Brown told the Globe.
Reid’s tactic may have backfired on him. According to the Boston Herald, a post debate poll found 50 percent thought Brown won the debate, while 40 percent thought Warren won.
Harry is looking out for No. 1, though he may have miscalculated.