“This might be the best thing we’ll watch all week, if not longer. This is certainly the best thing to happen on the Senate floor in 7+ years. The retiring Harry Reid’s “legacy” has been signed, sealed and delivered, courtesy of Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton.” – Tea Party 6
Transcript of Sen. Tom Cotton’s take down of Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid on May 25th:
It’s an honor to serve in the Senate. It’s an honor to serve the people of Arkansas. I would never complain about the tasks that we’re given. There is one small burden I bear though. As a junior senator I preside over the Senate. I usually do it in the morning, which means I’m forced to listen to the bitter, vulgar, incoherent ramblings of the Minority Leader. Normally, like every other American, I ignore them. I can’t ignore them today, however.
The Minority Leader came to the floor, grinding the Senate to a halt all week long, saying that we haven’t had time to read this defense bill. That it was written in the dead of night. We just had a vote that passed ninety eight to nothing. It could have passed unanimously two days ago.
Let’s examine these claims that we haven’t had time to read it: Ninety eight to nothing, and in committee all the Democrats on Armed Services Committee voted in favor of it. When was the last time the Minority Leader, the Minority Leader, read a bill? It was probably an electricity bill. What about the claims it was written in the dark of night? It’s been public for weeks, and this coming from a man who drafted Obamacare in his office and rammed it through this Senate at midnight on Christmas Eve on a straight party-line vote.
To say that the senator from Arizona wrote this in the dead of night, slipped in all kinds of provisions, that he wouldn’t have time to read it, that is an outrageous slander. And, to say that he cares for the troops, how about this troop, and his son, and his father and his grandfather, four generations of service to include almost six years of rotting in a prisoner of war camp? To say that he’s delaying this because he cares for the troops, a man who never served himself? A man who in April 2007 came to this very floor before the surge and even reached its peak and said the war is lost, when over a hundred Americans were being killed in Iraq every month, when I was carrying their dead bodies on an airplane at Dover Air Force Base.
It is an outrage to say that we had to delay this because he cares for the troops. We’re delaying it for one reason and one reason only: to protect his own sad, sorry legacy.
He now complains in the mornings, that the Senate is not in session enough, that our calendar’s too short. But whatever you think about that, the happy by-product of fewer days in session in the Senate is that this institution will be cursed less with his cancerous leadership.
I yield the floor.
Hat tip: Tea Party 6