Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) of being a Senate dictator.
McConnell made the charge during an interview with Sean Hannity on Monday. He said Reid doesn’t allow Republicans to offer amendments to legislation.
"The way he's been operating is he doesn't let the minority have any amendments. He's already turned the senate majority leader's office into an office for a dictator and now he wants to get rid of, what we call, the motion to proceed," McConnell said. "As a practical matter, he wants to make it easy to get on bills so he can employ a device that gets us from offering any amendments at all."
McConnell and Republicans have repeatedly criticized Reid for using procedural moves to block Republicans from adding on amendments. Democrats have shot back that they've been forced to take action because Republicans have been too eager to offer amendments that are somewhat or completely unrelated to the legislation they would be attached to.
McConnell said Reid's actions were part of an overall effort to centralize power for himself.
"He's trying centralize all the power in his office to keep the minority from offering amendments and run the place with an ironhand," McConnell continued. "Well he's not [Lyndon B. Johnson]. Ya know? Those days are over."