(Syndicated columnist Diana West opines today on Reid’s absurd statement on amarillo.com and below).
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., pauses during a news conference after passing a bill to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government on Capitol Hill.
A good chunk of America knows Sarah Palin’s reading habits as far as newspapers — or the lack thereof — and that Palin supposedly can see Russia from her house in Alaska (a phrase the former GOP vice presidential candidate never said, by the way.)
However, how many are aware that Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Senate majority leader, evidently is not aware how the U.S. Constitution works?
As some media noted recently (and some media ignored), Reid — when he was apparently rankled at the GOP during the federal government shutdown — asked what right Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives had to “pick and choose what part of government gets funded.”
As those who are paying attention have pointed out, the U.S. Constitution includes this right.
Ironically, we offer this from the United States Senate website (www.senate.gov): “All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other bills.” — Article 1, Section 7.
For the Senate majority leader to indicate that the House (and we’re talking House Republicans) had no right to attempt to fund parts of the federal government during a government shutdown deserves at least as much media attention as irrelevant or nonexistent sound bites attributed to a vice presidential candidate.
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