Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) castigated Republicans Thursday for wasting time on “symbolic votes” like healthcare repeal.Really, a majority of Americans don't want it repealed? That's news to us.
Reid said it is time for the Senate to return to business and that it must move on from healthcare repeal, which senators rejected on Wednesday in a 47-51 vote.
“We can't waste anymore time on symbolic votes,” said Reid. “The fight to repeal the patients’ rights in the healthcare reform law is behind us. Points have been made, the votes have been counted and like the majority of the American people, the Senate has decide that the law of the land is better than the broken system it replaced.”
Besides, it's not as if symbolic votes are beneath Dingy Harry.
Democratic leaders said Tuesday that they intended to hold symbolic votes in the House and Senate on President Bush’s plan to send more troops to Baghdad, forcing Republicans to take a stand on the proposal and seeking to isolate the president politically over his handling of the war.So when it came to trying to lose a war, Reid is down with symbolic votes. But when it comes to the will of the majority, he just hasn't got time for any of it.