Vitter has demanded a vote on his amendment that would require the president, the vice president, political appointees and all congressional staffers to use ObamaCare's health exchanges, and prohibit employer contributions to make insurance more affordable for those federal employees.
“Amendments [Democratic leadership] floated last week … were about threats, intimidation and bribery,” Vitter said.
Vitter was complaining that Reid said he’d allow a vote on Vitter’s amendment but that the vote hasn’t materialized.
“If the Majority Leader agrees to a vote in principle, we need a vote in reality,” Vitter said. “I think the majority leader, quite frankly, is very concerned about this vote … that’s why they rely on threats and intimidation to avoid this vote, [but] that didn’t work.”
The manager of the bill, Sen. Ron WydenRon WydenSenate passes college anti-Semitism bill Overnight Finance: Trump takes victory lap at Carrier plant | House passes 'too big to fail' revamp | Trump econ team takes shape Senate Dems: Force Cabinet nominees to release tax returns MORE (D-Ore.) took objection with the “reality” of Vitter’s comments, pointing out that Reid offered a deal but then Republicans demanded more votes on unrelated amendments.
"The reality is, we could have had a vote already on the amendment offered by the senator from Louisiana," Wyden said, "if colleagues on his side of the aisle had not insisted on all these other amendments that were not related to energy efficiency."
Sens. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenOvernight Tech: Venture capitalists' message to Trump | Bitcoin site ordered to give IRS data | Broadband gets faster Dem senator: Hold hearing on Russian interference in election Scott Brown suggests voter fraud in NH without evidence MORE (D-N.H.) and Rob PortmanRob PortmanGOP debates going big on tax reform Who is Tim Ryan? A closer look at Pelosi’s challenger Battle for the Senate: Top of ticket dominates MORE (R-Ohio) introduced S. 1392, which contains measures to boost building codes, train workers in energy efficient building technologies, help manufacturers become more efficient and bolster conservation efforts at federal agencies, among other provisions. The Senate has been working to reach an amendment deal on the bill for two weeks.