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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid dictates procedure

The Senate is intended for deliberately debating legislation. It is the slower hand in government that is supposed to ponder all side of issues for transparent consumption. The political party that has the simple majority is put in charge of the process. The process leader, in this case, Harry Reid, is master of the rules. Reid’s brand of leadership has become notorious resulting from his iron-fisted approach. That approach has restricted debate and participation in producing legislation. Those actions are not what the Founding Fathers had in mind.

Harry Reid does as much disservice to the Senate as his counterpart would do
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So, do Republicans have a legitimate beef about Harry Reid? The answer is, yes, just as they had about Nancy Pelosi in the House of Representatives. Those two senior leaders undermined the intent of government and did a great disservice to bipartisanship. That is not to say that the current batch of Republicans are all that much better. John Boehner too rules with an iron fist.

The American people have a runaway government because voters shrugged their duty to keep informed and to engage their government to keep it honest. Unfortunately, the American Political System that produces these problematic leaders goes unfixed. The future will likely be more of the same until or unless their is a breakthrough or a crisis.

“Senate stumbles over energy bill as Reid, GOP spar

By DARREN GOODE | 5/12/14 9:14 PM EDT

The Senate officially presided over the demise of bipartisan energy efficiency legislation Monday — and the chance to put the Keystone XL pipeline up for a vote ahead of the midterm elections.
On a 55-36 vote, the Senate fell short of the 60 votes needed Monday to move ahead on the innocuous and popular efficiency bill from Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) that had been caught in the headwinds of the far more politically fraught debates over the Keystone pipeline and EPA regulations.

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The Heritage Foundation got this one correct. Harry Reid’s actions are not good for the nation.

“Harry Reid’s Senate Stifles Debate and Undermines Founders’ Vision
Nathaniel Ward

June 5, 2012

“Since [Harry] Reid became Majority Leader in the United States Senate, the majority party has tyrannically seized control of the agenda in the Senate in a manner not contemplated by the Founding Fathers,” Heritage Foundation expert Brian Darling argues in an important new analysis.

In particular, Darling writes, Reid has made unprecedented use of procedures like “filling the amendment tree,” in which the majority leader “us[es] his privilege of being recognized first to offer amendment after amendment to block all other amendments to a bill.”

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