Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said today that Democrats would try to block Mitt Romney’s agenda next year if he wins the presidency on Tuesday.
“Mitt Romney’s fantasy that Senate Democrats will work with him to pass his ‘severely conservative’ agenda is laughable,” Reid said in a statement. “In fact, Mitt Romney’s Tea Party agenda has already been rejected in the Senate. In the past few months, we have voted down many of the major policies that Mitt Romney has run on, from the Ryan plan to end Medicare as we know it, to the Blunt Amendment to deny women access to contraception, to more tax giveaways for millionaires and billionaires, to a draconian spending plan that would gut critical services for seniors and the most vulnerable Americans.”
Reid accused Romney of “kowtowing” to the tea party and disputed Romney’s claims of bipartisanship while he served as governor of Massachusetts.
“He had a terrible relationship with Democrats, cordoning himself off behind a velvet rope instead of reaching out to build relationships,” Reid asserted. “Senate Democrats are committed to defending the middle class, and we will do everything in our power to defend them against Mitt Romney’s Tea Party agenda.”
Romney has cast himself in recent weeks as someone who could bridge the partisan divide that has led to endless gridlock the past two years, running ads repeatedly saying that he’s worked across the aisle before and can do it again.
“For me to get the things done ... I’m going to have to reach across the aisle and meet with good Democrats who love America, just like you love America, and there are, there are good Democrats like that,” he said according to the Los Angeles Times. “I’m going to meet regularly with Democrat leaders and Republican leaders. I won’t do that once a year; when I say regularly I mean much more frequently than that because we’re going to have to work together. These are critical times.”
Romney also told a crowd in West Allis, Wis., today that he would be able to forge consensus on one of the trickiest issues for both parties in recent years — the debt ceiling. Referring to the gridlock in Congress that nearly resulted in a historic default on the nation’s obligations in 2011, Romney said his presidency would be able to avoid that scenario when the debt limit comes up again for a vote under his administration.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.