House GOP 'gaming the system' to vote down debt-ceiling proposal, says Reid

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) suggested House Republicans will use an unfair process to vote down his debt-ceiling legislation Saturday afternoon.

"I have heard from my friends on the House side," said Reid. "To show how they are gaming the system over there they are going to have a vote on my proposal on suspension.”

Reid was upset because House Republicans are calling up his bill under a special rule that requires a two-thirds majority for passage rather than a simply majority. 


Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) deficit reduction bill, for example, would have failed in the House if it had been brought up by the same process as Reid’s.

"For those of us that served in the House, this is for naming courthouses and measures that are of little importance," he complained.

Reid pointed out that any legislation that clears the House will face a tougher procedural challenge in the Senate. 

"This matter, dealing with the debt limit of this country will take a two-thirds vote to pass there," said Reid. "So they have gamed this system from the very beginning."