For instance, the blueprint provided to Republicans also included a section reauthorizing the USA PATRIOT Act, which Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has pushed Reid to include, GOP and Democratic aides said. Republicans said that and other measures unrelated to jobs should not be included and that if Reid insists on pushing the legislation through as a massive catch-all for Democratic priorities rather than a narrow jobs bill, the bipartisan spirit will quickly extinguish. Its hard to sympathize with that approach, the GOP operative said, complaining that Reid has allowed his chairmen to exercise too much influence over the bill.
He gives his chairmen a lot of leash and they push the legislation in a different direction than he wants, the operative said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.