Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., opened the Senate session Thursday morning with a full-throated blast against the Republican-controlled House of Representatives for not being in Washington, D.C., and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, for not calling them in as the fiscal cliff deadline fiscal cliff looms.
The Senate opened for business Thursday while the House remained out on holiday break. Boehner said he would give House members 48 hours notice before they would have to return to Washington for legislative action.
"They are not here," Reid said. "John Boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than keeping the nation on a firm financial footing. It's obvious what's going on. He's waiting until January 3 to get re-elected speaker because he has so many people over there that won't follow what he wants."
Reid noted that Boehner had to pull his so-call "Plan B" proposal from the House floor because of lack of support from Republicans members. "He couldn't even that," Reid said. "Remember, he's not letting the House of Representatives vote. He's letting the Republicans vote. It was so bad and he was in such difficult shape there he wouldn't even allow a vote to take place with his Republicans because he knew he would lose."