Republicans Rally to Oust Senate Majority Leader


WASHINGTON – A half dozen House Republicans joined the chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) Tuesday at a rally to call on the American people to fire Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

“For too long now, Senator Reid has run the Senate with an iron fist, blocking legislation that would help working families,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus told a crowd of around 100 GOP supporters gathered outside the Senate steps of the U.S. Capitol. “The best way to create jobs in America is to make sure that Harry Reid loses his job.”

Following Priebus, a group of Republican lawmakers detailed some of the bills stuck in the Senate they say Reid is holding up in the upper chamber, including proposals to reform the tax code, scale back regulations on coal, and expedite the Keystone Pipeline.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said the Nevada Democrat has 352 bills sitting on his desk that have passed in the House.

“Two-thirds of these bills have bipartisan support. Fifty-five of these bills were drafted by Democrats,” Blackburn said, pointing to a stack of bills sitting on a table next to her. “We’ve been doing our jobs.”

“It’s time for Harry Reid to get around to it. Take up these bills, bring these bills to a vote, and send these bills to the president’s desk for his signature. That is Harry Reid’s job,” she continued. “It’s time that we fire him and then we put Republicans in control of the Senate so that they work with the House to get the job done for the American people.”

Blackburn said there are 16 bills that are sitting on Reid’s desk related to energy, seven bills about lowering taxes, 31 bills that deal with government spending, and 15 bills to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“It’s time for Harry Reid to man up, to pick up his pen, and to send these bills to the floor of the Senate,” she said.

Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) said President Obama and Reid have “declared war on the middle class of America” by blocking legislation that would authorize the immediate construction of the Keystone Pipeline.

“Let the Senate speak for the people instead of Harry Reid,” Daines said.