Senate Dems: 'Content'

Senate Democrats Had ‘Almost No Legislative Agenda’ Last Year And They Remain ‘Content To Achieve Little’ Today


Senate Dems ‘Going To Do Absolutely Nothing’

THE NEW YORK TIMES: “…Senator Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat and majority leader, seems content to achieve little, both as a way of avoiding filibusters and embarrassing votes for incumbents up for re-election, as well long floor proceedings that serve only to keep members off the campaign trail.” (“Congress Nearing End Of Session Where Partisan Input Impeded Output,” The New York Times, 9/19/12)

JOE SCARBOROUGH: “The Democrats have decided in the midst of a financial meltdown they're going to do absolutely nothing…” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 5/16/12)

POLITICO: “…Democratic leaders have defiantly refused to lay out their own vision for how to deal with federal debt and spending… centrists in the 53-member Democratic conference expressed frustration with their party's budget inaction.” ("Lack Of Budget Irks Moderate Dems," Politico, 5/15/12)


2011 Flashback: Senate Democrats Were ‘A.W.O.L.’

POLITICO: “The Senate has never been a model of efficiency — but this year, the chamber is taking that reputation to a whole new level. The numbers tell the story: Through last week, the Senate had held only 70 roll-call votes, the lowest level through this point in the year since 1997. About a quarter of those votes have been on nominations — many of them noncontroversial.” (“Slow-Go Senate Avoids Tough Roll-Call Votes,” Politico, 5/18/11)

THE WASHINGTON POST: “The Democrats… are not proposing major, new ideas of their own.” (“Senate Republicans Stand By Plan To Overhaul Medicare,” The Washington Post, 5/26/11)

NATIONAL JOURNAL: “…Senate Democrats have almost no legislative agenda of their own...” (“No, No, No, No — Senate On Record Now,” National Journal, 5/25/11)

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: “…Democrats still run the Senate... they are A.W.O.L.” (Editorial, “Cool Hand Harry,” The Wall Street Journal, 5/26/11)


Tough ‘Votes Have Been In Remarkably Short Supply’

ROLL CALL: “…such [tough] votes have been in remarkably short supply this year for the Democratic class of 2006, which entered Congress in a hurry to change Washington and achieve big things. … Still, Democrats up for re-election concede that the politics of 2012 has significantly influenced the Senate's productivity this year and the general willingness to take tough votes, even if it hasn't affected them personally.” (“Vulnerable Democrats Display Their Timidity,” Roll Call, 7/20/11)

POLITICO: “…there’s little incentive for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to start making things pop. First, he wants to avoid too many controversial votes — control of the Senate is at stake next year, and Reid has 23 seats up for reelection. It’s in his interest to avoid any campaign-defining votes that could hurt his vulnerable Democrats.” (“Slow-Go Senate Avoids Tough Roll-Call Votes,” Politico, 5/18/11)