Sen. Dan CoatsDan CoatsTrump narrows secretary of State field to four finalists 2016’s battle for the Senate: A shifting map 10 Senate seats that could flip in 2018 MORE (R-Ind.) said Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDemocrats local party problem Trump flirts with Dems for Cabinet Lawmakers eye early exit from Washington MORE’s (D-Nev.) “dictatorial position” on amendment votes was something he would expect to see from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Republicans have blasted Reid for allowing less than 10 votes on GOP amendments since July.
Fights over amendments killed a bipartisan energy efficiency bill earlier this week. Republicans pulled their support for the bill after Reid denied them five votes on GOP measures.
“The people are represent are not being heard,” Coats said. “We all ought to be ashamed that this is the way we’re operating around here.”
Reid has tried to flip the blame on Republicans, saying they’re like “greased pigs” who slip away after making a deal. He’s said no matter what deal he offers Republicans it’s never good enough.
Despite their anger over procedure, Republicans seem poised to allow a tax extender bill to move forward without any GOP amendments. Some groups, such as Heritage Action, have accused the senators are carrying water for special interest groups.