Reid: The Republican Senate Simply Doesn’t Work

“Today, I read in the newspaper – the news accounts all over the country – that Republicans are whining about being asked to show up and do their jobs. They are asking for more weeks of recess. They are saying that Democrats are holding up what we’re doing here in Congress.”

“I have a short answer for Republicans who complain about being asked to earn their paychecks: cry us all a river. Stop complaining about not having enough time off. People out there who are watching this, have different kinds of jobs –  some are retired, but they work.  They know what it’s like to work. and they never give themselves extra weeks of vacation whenever they felt like it, so neither should Senate Republicans.”

“If we take more time off, this Senate may not just work fewer days than any year since 1956 – you may have to go back even further in history to find a Senate that worked as few days as this one. A long time back.”

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senator floor today about Republicans’ plans to have the Senate work the fewest number of days in decades. Below are his remarks:

The Republican-led Senate recently returned from the longest summer recess in more than half a century. It’s depicted here in  the chart over my shoulder.

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The black lines are when we are not working. Where there are not black lines is when we work, keeping in mind that many of our workdays are not like the workdays that people out there, whom we represent, work. Some were days of three or four hours at the most. But the Republican Senate just simply doesn’t work. The fewest working days since 1956. Oh, how our country has grown since then. But that’s it.  A picture is worth a thousand words. I’m not going to give you a thousand words, but I am going to say a few more things.

We’re here today, but the Republican-led Senate is on track to work fewer days in 2016 than any year since 1956. I was in high school. Republicans owe the taxpayers who fund their paychecks an apology for showing up to work fewer days this year than any Senate since 1956. You would think that Republicans would be embarrassed by their indolence. But apparently not. Instead of apologizing for their absenteeism, Republicans are demanding even more recess time.

Today, I read in the newspaper – the news accounts all over the country – that Republicans are whining about being asked to show up and do their jobs. They are asking for more weeks of recess. They are saying that Democrats are holding up what we’re doing here in Congress. How about that?

We’re so far down the road here that not much can be done because we’re in what we call post-cloture procedure on almost everything we do around here. We’re going to vote in just a few hours and there will be another time that we can’t do anything because we’re post-cloture.

But that’s the calendar the Republican leader set – we didn’t.  That’s the calendar we should stick to, I guess. That’s what we’re being told. But let’s black off a few more days. Scary, but that’s what they want.  If we take more time off, this Senate may not just work fewer days than any year since 1956 – you may have to go back even further in history to find a Senate that worked as few days as this one. A long time back.

So I have a short answer for Republicans who complain about being asked to earn their paychecks: cry us all a river. Stop complaining about not having enough time off. People out there who are watching this, have different kinds of jobs –  some are retired, but they work.  They know what it’s like to work. and they never give themselves extra weeks of vacation whenever they felt like it, so neither should Senate Republicans.