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Reid Wants Congress to Leave the Tea Party Extremism Behind January 15, 2012

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On Sunday Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, while anticipating the return of Congress to Washington, warned Republicans to leave to leave the Tea Party “extremism” behind and “learn what legislating is all about.”

“I would hope that they understand that everything doesn’t have to be a fight.   Legislation is an art of working together, building consensus and compromise.  And, I hope that the Tea Party doesn’t have the influence in this next year that they had in the previous year.” Reid Opined.

Reid claimed repeatedly that Republicans are engaged in “obstructionism on steroids,” adding that President Obama had “bent over backwards” during the past two and one half years to reach out to Republicans.  He further commented that the President had received a fist instead of a handshake in return.

“I don’t think anyone can or should question our having reached out to Republicans,” Reid said. “We have done everything we could to work with them.  We are going to do that in spite of obstructionism.  We have been able to accomplish a lot of good things in this Congress.”

Reid noted that since last September Democrats in Congress have carried on alone pushing for the President’s jobs bill and insisting on tax-hikes for the wealthy.

“I hope that the Republicans will understand, as they learned in the last week in the last year, that they can’t be lead over the cliff by extremism.” Reid said.

Many Republicans are still seething over President Obama’s recess appointment of Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau.  On Saturday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called the move “extra constitutional” and said it demonstrates Obama “doesn’t want to work with both parties. He wants to jam through whatever he’d like to do.”

Reid said. “We have consumers that need protecting.  That’s why it was such a good move by the President.”  He added that he is “confident” the courts will uphold the appointment.

When questioned about a lack of anything being said in reference to a change in the tone in Washington, the Democrat leader responded that his party is about taking care of the middle class and rebuilding America.
 

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