Sen. Deb FischerDeb FischerTrump’s Cabinet picks raise hopes for infrastructure package GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election No. 3 GOP senator: I'll still vote for Trump MORE (R-Neb.) on Tuesday accused Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidTrump gets chance to remake the courts Democrats local party problem Trump flirts with Dems for Cabinet MORE (D-Nev.) of implementing a “radical form of control” over the Senate amendment process.
“Why can’t we debate in this body in a meaningful way ... because we are restricted in this Senate on what we can actually vote on,” Fischer said on the Senate floor. “It’s a radical form of control and I’m tired of it.”
Most Republicans don’t like the bill because it isn’t paid for with spending offsets. They are expected to offer amendments paying for the bill; earlier Tuesday, Reid said he was open to finding offsets.
Several Republicans have criticized Reid for not allowing amendment votes.
“The majority leader has locked this place down,” Fischer said. “It is shameful.”
But Reid has said Republican obstruction is the cause for a lack of progress on several legislative fronts. The 113th Congress has been deemed the least productive in U.S. history.