McConnell: Democrats may soon regret this
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took to the floor after Reid to argue that Democrats are engaging in a power grab and suggested they will regret their decision when Republicans are back in control of the chamber.
“We’re not interested in having a gun put to our head any longer,” McConnell said, adding: “Some of us have been around here long enough to know that the shoe is sometimes on the other foot.”
McConnell then addressed Democrats directly.
“You may regret this a lot sooner than you think,” he said.
McConnell held out the health-care law known as Obamacare as an example of such power grabs. (Senate Democrats used a work-around to pass that legislation after losing their 60th vote in the Senate when Scott Brown won a special election in Massachusetts.)
“The parallels between this latest skirmish and the Obamacare push are just too obvious to ignore,” McConnell said.
McConnell then read a number of comments from Reid suggesting he wouldn’t change the rules for confirming judges — the implication being that Reid went back on his word.
“He might as well have said, ‘If you like the rules of the Senate, you can keep them,’” McConnell said, borrowing from President Obama’s broken promise on how people could keep their current health insurance if they wanted to.
McConnell said Democrats are trying to change the subject from the troubled health-care law implementation.
“If I were a senator from Oregon, for example, which hasn’t enrolled a single person for the Obamacare exchanges, I’d probably want to talk about something else too,” McConnell said.