Reid and 50 members of his caucus voted to change Senate rules unilaterally to prevent Republicans from forcing votes on uncomfortable amendments after the chamber has voted to move to final passage of a bill.
Reid’s coup passed by a vote of 51-48, leaving Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) fuming.
The surprise move stunned Republicans, who did not expect Reid to bring heavy artillery to what had been a humdrum knife fight over amendments to China currency legislation.
The Democratic leader had become fed up with Republican demands for votes on motions to suspend the rules after the Senate had voted to limit debate earlier in the day.
McConnell had threatened such a motion to force a vote on the original version of President Obama’s jobs package, which many Democrats don’t like because it would limit tax deductions for families earning over $250,000. The jobs package would have been considered as an amendment.
McConnell wanted to embarrass the president by demonstrating how few Democrats are willing to support his jobs plan as first drafted.
And so the trickery, the chicanery on the part of leftists in power continues… while the President of the United States continues to say things such as this:
Here’s a little homework assignment for folks. Go ask the Republicans what their jobs plan is if they’re opposed to the American Jobs Act…
Here’s a more relevant homework assignment Mr. President… why don’t you go ask Harry Reid why he’s taking draconian measures to prevent your jobs plan from being voted on?
You manipulative liar.