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GOP Accuse Dems of Delaying Votes to Keep Them Off Campaign Trail

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Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. (AP Images)

By    |   Thursday, 22 Sep 2016 10:34 AM

Eager Republicans, who want to return home to campaign for re-election, have accused Democrats of delaying votes in the Senate on federal spending and Zika control, according to the Washington Examiner.

Though a deal was expected to be passed in the Senate last week before it made its way to the House, slow negotiations have left little hope for the Republicans to make an early exit.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, alleged Democrats were deliberately stalling a deal.

"The problem is they would like us to stay around for a while because our 2016-ers, they don't want them to be at home campaigning," he said, reports the Examiner. "They've got nobody in jeopardy so it seems like that is what is happening."

On the contrary, Senate Democrats are in no rush to be home as incumbent Democrat senators have no close races to sweat.

The only seat, which is up for grabs, held by a Democrat is Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada, who has nothing to lose because he is retiring.

The unfinished talks regarding a funding package will keep the Senate in until next week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, announced Tuesday. However Cornyn added the agreement was almost through and "we could get it out of here by the middle of next week."

Republicans also accused Democrats of slowing the process in finalizing the agreement because recent polls showed their chances of taking over the Senate majority next year were dim.

Cornyn spokesman Drew Brandewie tweeted:

 

 

Democrats, meanwhile, reject the Republican theory, saying they were simply unable to reach a deal with the GOP on a short-term government spending bill that includes money for battling the Zika virus.

Reid attacked Republicans for adding "vexatious, poison-pill riders" to the legislative deal. He urged Republican senators to alter a provision blocking the Securities and Exchange Commission from forcing public companies to disclose campaign spending, according to the Chicago Tribune.

"We're not going to have this bill be a pin cushion for McConnell's desire to have nothing, nothing reported dealing with campaign spending," Reid was quoted as saying.

"Corporations can give under the present law lots and lots of money and it doesn't have to be reported. The SEC has the ability to change that."

Another reason why the Democrats could be delaying the spending deal is that they are in no hurry to move on to a veto override vote on a bill allowing the families of the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks to sue the government of Saudi Arabia. 

"Why are you waiting, Mr. President?" Cornyn asked. "Veto the bill if that's what you've decided to do . . . and send it back to us so we can have the vote to override that veto, which I'm confident we will."

President Obama, who will veto the bill Friday, believes the relationship between the United States and the Saudis, who are key U.S. allies, may be affected.

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