Reid Uses Spill Imagery to Blast Republicans

By Alex Pepper

Jun 18, 2010 12:19pm

ABC’s Z. Byron Wolf reports: Rep. Joe Barton apologized Thursday for apologizing to BP, but Democrats continue to pounce on his words and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid used some unmistakable oil spill imagery to call out Republicans for standing in the way of an unemployment benefit and averting a pay cut for Medicare doctors. Talks are ongoing in the Senate behind closed doors as lawmakers scramble to figure out how to avert a planned 21 percent pay cut for Medicare doctors that is slated to take effect over the weekend. But this morning Reid accused Republicans of making the economic mess and then not voting with Democrats to clean it up. “The American people have had it with those who create messes and then refuse to take responsibility for cleaning them up,” he said, noting that Barton apologized to BP for getting pressure from the White House to set up a $20 billion restitution fund. Barton, under pressure from Republican colleagues, later apologized for his apology. “If not for the years of failed republican policies, high unemployment wouldn’t be an issue in the first place. If not for the republicans’ failed policy, there wouldn’t be a doctors payment problem in the first place,” said Reid. “If not for the republicans disdain for sensible oversight, the disasters from wall street to the Gulf of Mexico, the communities across America might not have been so devastated. If not for their weeks and weeks of republican delay, the emergencies in our households and businesses in big cities and small towns wouldn’t be nearly as bad as they are.” Republicans would surely dispute all of those arguments. But Reid’s point was to compare Republicans to BP. “The American people have had it with those who create messes and then refuse to take responsibility for cleaning them up,” he said. “That goes for BP and the GOP.”

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