While certainly no Elvis Presley, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid seemed to be channeling the Las Vegas performer when he told Republicans he’d prefer a little less conversation and a little more action please.
The Nevada Democrat, who happens to represent Las Vegas, said on Thursday that he has not had any conversation with Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on the continuing resolution to fund government or the debt ceiling increase.
“Send us a clean CR, clean debt ceiling,” Reid told reporters. “That’s the path forward. There’s no need for conversations. We’ve spoken loudly and clearly, and we have the support of the president of the United States, and that’s pretty good.”
In effect, Reid is saying it’s our way or the highway, and if you don’t capitulate, we’ll blame you for the impending shut down.
Reid has resisted even talking with Republican leaders, which he says could further encourage them to threaten a government shutdown or debt default, according to The Hill.
And they call the Republicans obstructionists?
Boehner said Thursday Republicans will not accept a so-called clean spending bill from the Senate, increasing the chance of a federal government shutdown.
“I don’t see that happening,” Boehner said, referring to a clean bill.
And somewhere in the background, Harry Reid could almost be heard singing: “A little less conversation, a little more action please. All this aggravation ain’t satisfactioning me…”