Tags: hatch | reid | nuclear | option

Orrin Hatch: Reid Caved to 'Hard Left' on Nuclear Option

By    |   Thursday, 21 November 2013 04:52 PM

Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid caved to "the hard left" by enacting the "nuclear option" that gives Senate Democrats more power.

"It's the hard left that Reid had to put up with. He should have just said, 'No we're not going to change the rules, we're not going to break the rules to change them and we're certainly not going to do it this way,"' Hatch told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

Story continues below video.



"Harry should have been a stronger leader under the circumstances and not allowed them to do that. It's a real mistake but between you and me, the real reason they did this is trying to create a controversy so they can escape criticism for Obamacare, which is wrecking the country."

But Hatch, a Republican who was a ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee from 1993 to 2005 and is now ranking member on the Finance Committee, believes the "nuclear option" was pushed by "a lot of people who know better."

"[They] just couldn't bring themselves to take on the leadership in the Democratic Party and Obamacare problems," Hatch said.

"[Obamacare] was a totally partisan bill, it was passed by them under very belligerent raw-power basis . . . and now it's blowing up in their face.

"Ninety-one percent of the American people like their health insurance before Obamacare. Why couldn't we just have concentrated on the 30 percent who didn't have healthcare and save us all of this tremendous energy."

Hatch said he has "great concern" over the Democrats' ongoing "power hungry" moves in Washington.

"By putting three liberals on the D.C. circuit court, when the court is divided four Republican nominees, four Democrat nominees . . . the Democrats are going to control that," he said.

"The president will be able to legislate from that bench [the] legislation that he could never ever get through the Congress of the United States. And that's what's behind all of this. And I'm telling you its immoral, it's wrong, it's very, very dangerous. Republicans are up in arms."

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

See "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV each weekday live by clicking here now.



© 2019 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Newsmax-Tv
Sen. Orin Hatch of Utah said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid caved to the hard left in enacting the nuclear option that gives Senate Democrats more power.
hatch,reid,nuclear,option
1840
2013-52-21
Thursday, 21 November 2013 04:52 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved