By Columnist Jim Kouri
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is continuing his modus operandi of refusing to allow GOP-supported bills to move forward for senate floor votes so that he can accuse the Republicans of failing to perform their duties for the good of the nation and the American people especially when it comes to anti-terrorism, according to a veteran member of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.
According to Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., Sen. Reid’s political strategy aimed at maintaining Democrats’ control of the Senate is endangering the men and women in the Armed Forces who are deployed throughout the world including the war-torn Afghanistan theater of operations against Islamists.
“The entire U.S. defense apparatus, as well as the U.S. military, depends on a key yearly spending bill known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a piece of legislation that outlines and funds the nation’s national security priorities,” Sen. Inhofe said in a press statement.
The 2015 NDAA has already been voted on by the House of Representatives without any serious disputes between the GOP and the Dems. However, like so many bills in the past, Reid uses his control over which bills receive a vote in order to prevent passage of Republican’s legislation.
Inhofe has been vocal regarding the dangers posed by Reid’s obstructionism. He has been encouraging the American people to call Reid’s offices in Washington and his home state of Nevada to urge him to bring the bill to the floor of he Senate so it can be voted on prior to members of both houses of Congress leaving for vacatio in August.
“If the current NDAA does not come to a vote before the end of the fiscal year, there will be a funding gap for national security priorities,” wrote Inhofe.
Inhofe’s latest comments signal his dissatisfaction with Reid, who has alienated GOP senators and others by refusing to allow important pieces of legislation to receive “an up or down vote,” and Reid’s comments to members of the Democratic Party water-carrying brigade within news organizations.well
Most conservative Republicans find Reid’s comments and his actions to be distasteful at best, despicable and dishonest at worst. For example, conservative talk show superstar Mark Levin has denounced the members of Democratic-controlled Senate whom he repeatedly exposes as up to their necks in hypocrisy.
Levin, who served in the Reagan administration as the Department of Justice’s chief of staff, frequently reminds his millions of listeners of Harry Reid’s praise of Barack Obama when he commented that Obama had a gift for speechmaking since he speaks with “no negro dialect.”
In another incident, in 2010 Sen. Reid had to apologize for his quotes in the book, “Game Change.” The book’s writers noted that Reid excitedly proclaimed he “was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama -- a “light-skinned African American with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one, “ CNN reported.
“At a time when our men and women in uniform are being challenged by unparalleled threats around the world, they need our support more than ever. The NDAA must come to the floor now, before the August recess, so that we can debate these important issues and move quickly to conference,” Inhofe said. “We need to demonstrate to our military that their well-being is our priority and show the American people that the president’s national security policies will not go unchecked.”
“There needs to be an open and honest debate about the rising threats to our national security and the future of our military,” he said. “We’ve entered a period of unprecedented instability where violent terrorist groups operate in more countries and control more territory than ever before and countries like China, Russia, and Iran increasingly dictate global events.”