Reid: House 'Watching Movies' as We Go Over Cliff

Accuses Boehner of running House like a 'dictatorship'

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 27, 2012 12:07 PM CST

(Newser) – It "looks like" America is headed over the fiscal cliff, and if it does, Harry Reid is placing the blame squarely on House Republicans "who are out watching movies," reports Politico. Speaking on the Senate floor this morning, Reid excoriated John Boehner for not simply bringing the Senate bill to the floor, predicting that it would "pass overwhelmingly." "John Boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than keeping the nation on a firm financial footing," Reid said. Fox notes that he accused Boehner of running the House like "a dictatorship."

Boehner's office fired right back, encouraging Reid to "talk less and legislate more," and reminding him that the "House has acted on two bills which collectively would avert the entire fiscal cliff. Those bills await action by the Senate." Reid's movie line is a bit ironic; as the Washington Examiner points out, Reid held a screening of Lincoln on the Senate floor last Wednesday. For full fiscal cliff coverage, click here.

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks to the media about the fiscal cliff at the U.S. Capitol, Dec. 20, 2012.
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks to the media about the fiscal cliff at the U.S. Capitol, Dec. 20, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks to reporters following the Democratic policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks to reporters following the Democratic policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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