Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was so offended by House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) use of the word “ass” yesterday that it reminded him of the brothels of his childhood.
Boehner noted at a press conference yesterday that President Obama “is going all over the country holding rallies instead of sitting down with Senate leaders” even though the House has passed legislation to stop sequestration twice.
“We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their ass and begins to do something,” the Speaker said.
After a closed policy luncheon today, that was the first thing on Reid’s mind.
“You know, I was raised in a little town that had 13 brothels in it, so I’m used to some pretty salty language, as you know, but the speaker today said he’s not — that category for sure, but Boehner hopes the Senate gets off their ass. And it’s quite interesting. ‘We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their ass and begins to do something,'” Reid told reporters.
“I think he should understand who is sitting on their posterior. We’re doing our best here to pass something. The speaker’s doing nothing to try to pass anything over there. He’s falling back onto what he said they did last Congress. Well, we have something called the Constitution that you have to start over again every two years. And the reason that he’s not bringing up something over there is because he can’t pass it. He can’t get his caucus to agree on anything, as we learned last year. So he can’t say to us, why don’t you get something done, when he is not even trying to get anything done.”
Reid was raised in Searchlight, Nev. Boehner, who began working in his family’s southwest Ohio bar at age 8, is well known for his language on the Hill, including calling the cap-and-trade bill a “pile of s**t.”
After a fiscal-cliff meeting at New Year’s, Boehner told Reid to “go f**k yourself.”
“One of my Senate Republican colleagues, Senator Johnson of Wisconsin, suggested that the speaker’s looking out for his speakership above all else. It’s time for Republicans to put self-interest aside and do what’s best for the American people,” Reid said — which, he claimed, includes a call from Americans to raise taxes yet again on upper-income brackets.
“Anything the speaker has regarding the C.R. or an omnibus, I’m anxious to see it. I met with him a day or two before we had our break. We had a nice conversation. He hadn’t made up his mind yet what he was going to do. I told him, whatever you do, give me a little advance notice and I’ll see if I can work with you,” Reid said.
Sequestration begins Friday.