Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is not unlike Russian President Vladimir Putin and has only himself to blame as GOP leader Mitch McConnell holds up Senate action in protest of Democrats' power grab, a top Republican said Thursday.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Reid's refusal to allow Republican amendments and last year's vote to weaken the filibuster has brought Congress to a halt. As a result, tax and immigration reform are likely dead for the year, the senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Banking panels told reporters during a wide-ranging breakfast conversation hosted by The Christian Science Monitor.
“Understand McConnell's position,” Corker said. “If you allow people just to run roughshod over you — just like we're seeing right now with Putin in Russia, right, where he's getting no pushback from the United States … — if you don't have any pushback, then obviously people [will continue taking advantage of you].”
“The Senate has been on the verge of a death spiral now for several months," he said. "The U.S. Senate will not function in an appropriate way with the leadership we have now."
The result, he said, is that there's “no way” tax or immigration reform are likely to get done before the 2014 midterms.
“In fact, I see no way anything important is going to be dealt with this year,” Corker said, except possibly housing finance reform.