“Taking one legislative vote ... does not pass the smell test for getting the job done,” Enzi said. “With only one legislative vote last week, we said it [the economic situation] is not dire enough to actually get something done.”
Enzi said he wants to see the Senate get to work on serious budget issues.
The Senate has "gone for more than 800 days without passing a budget, " he complained. "The only plan presented by the majority was unanimously opposed. Not even a single Democrat voted for the president’s budget."
Enzi was referring to a version of President Obama's budget that went down on the Senate floor in 0-97 vote earlier in the year. That vote was expected to fail because the president had proposed a subsequent budget proposal.
After Sen. John McCainJohn McCainDrug importation won't save dollars or lives Dem rep Charlie Crist files for divorce Why the GOP cannot sweep its Milo scandal under the rug MORE (R-Ariz.) came to the floor and leveled a similar rebuke late last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidSanders and Schumer are right: Ellison for DNC chair The Hill's 12:30 Report Hopes rise for law to expand access to experimental drugs MORE (D-Nev.) defended the Senate's work schedule against the accusations.
"There was a lot of work this week that took place as a result of us being here that would not have taken place but for the fact that we were in session," he said last Thursday. "There has been a lot of working going on behind the scenes."
Reid also blamed Republicans for clogging up the Senate's legislative process and making it difficult for him to schedule votes.
"One reason we aren't having a lot of votes in recent months is because we cannot get things to the floor," said Reid. "We are stopped by my Republican friends."