Reid: Republicans putting political agenda first

By Curtis Raye

Jun 30, 2007 6:39pm

ABC News’ Suhas Subramanyam reports: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) accused Republicans of blocking bi-partisan legislation, like the controversial immigration bill backed by President Bush, for political reasons alone during the weekly Democratic radio address.

"Voting against a bill on a matter of principle is one thing," Reid said. "But Republican obstruction has gotten so bad that now they’re blocking bills that they actually support."

Reid is asking Republicans to "put partisan politics aside and work with us for the American people" in order to pass legislation to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq.

Democrats on Capitol Hill will spend July working on a possible bill that might include timetables for withdrawal. President Bush has promised to veto any such bills, but he’s facing mounting pressure from his own party on the issue. Earlier this week Republican Senators Richard Lugar (R-IN) and George Voinovich (R-OH) expressed dissatisfaction with the administration’s strategy in Iraq.

"While a growing number of Republicans are saying the right things on Iraq, we’ll soon find out
if they have the courage to vote the right way too," Reid said.

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