Sen. Deb FischerDeb FischerU.S. Supreme Court’s 'Waters of the U.S.' gift to the Trump administration Right renews push for term limits as Trump takes power GOP makes pitch for replacing ObamaCare MORE (R-Neb.) on Tuesday accused Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThe DC bubble is strangling the DNC Dems want Sessions to recuse himself from Trump-Russia probe Ryan says Trump, GOP 'in complete sync' on ObamaCare 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.