Reid threatens to pull energy efficiency bill if amendment deal isn't reached

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) threatened to pull the energy efficiency bill from the Senate floor if Republicans continue to demand votes on non-germane amendments.

“We’ve tried really hard to work on this energy bill, but it’s no wonder that the news is reporting today [that this is] the least productive Senate in the history of the country,” Reid said Wednesday.


McConnell to Obama: 'Now is not the time for a victory lap'

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that President Obama should not be taking a “victory lap” over an economic recovery.

McConnell’s remarks came after Obama delivered a speech Monday marking the fifth anniversary of the 2008 economic collapse. In his speech, Obama pointed out how the economy is better off today than it was five years ago, despite Republican obstruction in Congress.

“His message was basically this: America isn’t in a free fall so everyone should give him a good pat on the back,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “Now is not the time for a victory lap. … If this is success, I’d like to see his definition of failure.”


Blumenthal: If Navy couldn't protect itself from gunman, how can schools

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) questioned how schools could protect themselves from a "plethora of firearms in America" if the Washington Navy Yard was unable to stop a gunman on Monday.

“One of the lessons here is that the Navy with rapid gate technology and all of its armed guards … could not protect members of its own ranks at the Navy Yard and we should know why, and if they could not do so then can our schools be safe, can our work places be safe with the plethora of fire arms in America?” Blumenthal said on the Senate floor Tuesday.


Levin chides GOP for turning Syria deal into 'ice skating contest'

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) criticized Republicans for taking “pot shots” at President Obama’s handling of negotiations with Russia to get Syria to hand over its chemical weapons.

“I find it troubling that so much of the commentary on this topic has had so little to do with substance,” Levin said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “Speculation about motivation and potential winners and losers, misses the point.

“This is not an ice skating contest. … We’re removing weapons of mass destruction from the hands of a brutal dictator.”


Reid: GOP demand to end employer contribution for staffers is 'hypocritical'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said it was “hypocritical and mean spirited” of Republicans to force congressional staff to pay the full expense of their healthcare coverage.

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) has been blocking progress on an energy efficiency bill until he gets a vote on his amendment that would force all congressional staff to enroll in the ObamaCare health exchanges. His amendment would also prohibit the federal government from contributing to staffers healthcare expenses — something private companies regularly do and the federal government has done in the past.


Senate holds moment of silence for victims of Navy Yard shooting

The Senate held a moment of silence Tuesday for the victims of the Nary Yard shooting that took place the day before in Washington, D.C.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) offered words of condolence for those wounded and the families of a dozen people who were killed by Aaron Alexis, who was killed by police at the scene.


Alexander vows to fight Obama’s policies that are ‘hurting’ US workers

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said Monday that President Obama’s policies — including ObamaCare — are “hurting American workers.”

Alexander, the ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, made his comments after Obama delivered an economic speech Monday. Obama criticized Republicans for creating “economic chaos” by threatening to let the government shut down unless ObamaCare is defunded.