Senate's back and Reid rips House GOP leaders on immigration

McClatchy Washington BureauOctober 28, 2013 

The U.S. Senate returned to work Monday for the first time since it helped end the 16 day government shutdown in mid-October, and Majority Leader Harry Reid was quick to blast Republicans.

"In the wake of a Republican government shutdown," the Nevada Democrat said--a fact Republicans dispute--"the nation is watching for a sign that the Senate can function efficiently."

Then he proceeded to blast the Republican-run House of Representatives. "They have often refused to allow the House of Representatives--the whole House of Representatives--to work its will.

He cited immigration reform. The Senate passed a comprehensive plan earlier this year. "But for four months, the House has failed to act on immigration reform," Reid said. House Republican leaders have said they could consider a series of bills, rather than the Senate's bigger approach."

He lamented that "these so-called mainstream Republicans (have been) marginalized by members of their own party."


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