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No one has done more to protect Senate Democrats from difficult votes than Majority Leader Harry Reid, but a funny thing is happening as another election nears. His own vulnerable Members are griping about the lack of votes.
Alaska Sen. Mark Begich was elected in 2008 and hasn’t been able to get a Senate vote on any of his proposed legislative amendments. For years he was silent but suddenly he’s upset, telling Politico: “Does it mean increased risks? Sure. That’s what voting is about.” West Virginia’s Joe Manchin complained to the Hill newspaper: “I’ve never been in a less productive time in my life than I am right now, in the United States Senate.”
They’re right about the numbers. Wyoming Republican John Barrasso recently noted on the floor that Senate Democrats proposed 676 amendments in the last year but were allowed votes on all of seven. Republicans proposed 812 and got votes on 11. Texas Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee has been allowed twice as many amendment votes (15) in the Republican House in the last year than Mr. Reid has allowed his entire Senate caucus. Not one of the nine Senate Democrats elected in 2012 has been granted a floor vote on any of their amendments.Continue reading on online.wsj.com