It looks like Harry Reid is looking to get into the game of calling on Senate Republicans to officially back their policy proposals with actual votes.
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will hold a Senate vote on Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) controversial budget plan, Raw Story has confirmed.
The plan, recently approved by the House, has virtually no chance of passing the Democratic-led Senate. The vote would serve to put Senate Republicans on the record in favor of slashing taxes on the rich while replacing Medicare with a voucher program.
“There will be an opportunity in the Senate to vote on the Ryan budget to see if Republican senators like the Ryan budget as much as the House did,” Reid told reporters on a conference call. “Without going into the Ryan budget we will see how much the Republicans like it here in the Senate.”
Between Reid’s plan to make Republican Senators openly support Paul Ryan’s regressive plan to privatize and kill Medicare and support or oppose oil subsidize with actual votes and Pelosi urging Speaker Boehner to bring oil subsidies to a vote on the House floor, Democrats may be finally going on the offensive rather than always trying to defend policies.
Senator Scott Brown from Massachusetts told TPM that EVERYTHING is on the table for Medicare, well Senator Brown, it’s put up or shut up time.
Talk is cheap, but making this go on the official record is something different. A yea or nay vote on the highly unpopular provisions in Ryan’s plan and voting to continue or discontinue unpopular oil subsidies may be the game plan for Democrats to gain the upper hand.