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Reid: Working With GOP Like Chasing 'Greased Pigs'

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Tuesday, 06 May 2014 02:20 PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid resorted to calling his colleagues farm animals on Tuesday, likening Senate Republicans to "greased pigs" for objecting to how he’s handled an energy bill and a proposed vote on the stalled Keystone XL pipeline, Politico reported.

Reid, in floor remarks, eased into the barnyard comparison by offhandedly recalling greased pig contests from back in his home state of Nevada: "The organizers get a little pig, piglet, and they cover this little animal with tons of grease. It’s a greasy little pig.

"The reason I mention this," he continued, "Oftentimes working with my Senate Republican colleagues reminds of chasing one of these little pigs ... Regardless of all of our efforts, any time we get close to making progress, it seems as though we watch it slip out of our hands, and Republicans scamper away."

Reid, a Democrat, threw figurative pig slop across the aisle just before a procedural vote on an energy bill. He also complained this week that Senate Republicans keep demanding new amendments to the bill, and then keep changing their demands even when amendments — such as a floor vote on approval of Keystone XL — are allowed.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell disputed that his caucus was playing a shell game, and countered that Democrats are choking off legitimate debate, allowing votes on just a grand total of eight Republican amendments to Senate bills in the last 10 months, according to ABC News.

"This is not the way to run the Senate," McConnell said. "The minority represents a lot of Americans, millions and millions of Americans. We’re entitled to have our ideas debated and voted on in the Senate, as well. Votes that we want to vote on, not ones that the majority leader picks for us."

Reid said Sen. David Vitter, R-La., was still demanding a vote on a politically divisive "no exemption" amendment to take away federal healthcare subsidies from lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides. Vitter denied asking for another vote, and through a spokesman told Politico that, "Reid is trying to use Keystone as an excuse not to vote on my 'no exemption' amendment, and he’s using my 'no exemption' amendment as an excuse not to vote on Keystone. It’s cowardly, actually."

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