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Reid Needs To Go

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid does not take our budget crisis seriously and is refusing to budge from the failed status quo because he is more interested in scoring political points and protecting his pet projects.  Instead of working on a fiscally responsible budget, last month he wasted time pontificating about how a cowboy poetry festival in his home state would lose funding.

Senator Reid is dragging his feet on coming to a sensible budget resolution and clearly wants the government to shut down because he thinks it will help his party politically.  Senator Chuck Schumer, in a rare moment of candor, even admitted that the caucus instructed him to use words like “extreme” to describe Republican plans.

Congressman Rick Crawford, along with 90 other House Republicans, is sending a letter to Harry Reid today urging him to step down as Majority Leader.  The letter says, in part:

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The American people deserve responsive leadership from those who are elected to higher office. Unfortunately, you have failed on numerous counts. Under your stewardship, the Senate failed to pass a budget resolution last year, something that hasn’t happened since the current budget process was established in 1974. Mr. Reid, you also failed to pass one single appropriations bill to fund even a single federal agency, but yet you somehow muster the nerve to say Republicans are the problem. The ball is in your court to pass a long-term spending resolution for the remainder of FY 2011 that can be reconciled with the H.R. 1. With all due respect, if you do not plan to fulfill your responsibilities as Senate Majority Leader, perhaps it is time to step aside.

We applaud Congressman Crawford for demanding leadership from the Senate Majority LEADER and agree that Reid needs to go for refusing to provide it.

Families make tough budget decisions all the time, why shouldn’t Democrat leaders do the same?  If the government shuts down – it’s due to Senator Reid’s (and President Obama’s) refusal to take the necessary steps to get America’s spending under control.

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