Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid roared back into the headlines Monday accusing Republicans of being partially responsible for the Russian annexation of Crimea. The shocking remarks came prior to a test vote on a bill authorizing more U.S. sanctions on Russia and $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine.
The Nevada Democrat urged Republicans to consider "how their obstruction affects United States' national security as well as the people of Ukraine."
You could have heard a pin drop on the Senate floor.
Sen. Reid continued his tirade saying, "Since a few Republicans blocked these important sanctions last work period, Russian lawmakers voted to annex Crimea and Russian forces have taken over Ukrainian military bases. It's impossible to know whether events would have unfolded differently if the United States had responded to Russian aggression with a strong, unified voice."
The senator is well-known for quirky comments at the most inappropriate times, but actually accusing the Republicans of collusion with the Russians is his finest hour of incredible accusations of his fellow senators.
Nevertheless, the record shows that there has been widespread support among Republicans and Democrats in Congress to provide Ukraine with much-needed economic assistance.
The House has already passed similar legislation. Ironically, before the senate recess, they blamed Reid and Democrats for blocking the Senate from taking up the House legislation, but not being in bed with the Russians.
When the senate bill comes to the floor for a vote, it will likely pass the 60 votes necessary. Reid's bizarre tone most likely negates any compromise with the GOP-controlled House.
Reid chortled that Republicans blocked the bill to "protect the anonymity of their big-money donors" such as the Koch brothers, two of America's wealthiest men who've strongly supported conservative causes.
Reid didn’t mention the “conservative causes” these unsoiled men have contributed billions to.
It’s not hard to see why there is gridlock in Congress with today’s leadership. Perhaps Senator Reid is hearing footsteps that may take his gavel away this November.
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