Senator Harry Reid has apparently decided that, in the absence of Pelosi's leadership, he is going to step up to the post of top congressional dictator. He and a few senior senators have taken it upon themselves to attempt to dictate to the House what laws they can and cannot pursue.
In a letter to Speaker Designate Boehner, Reid, Schumer, Durbin, Murray and Stabenow all "warned" Boehner not to attempt to repeal Obamacare, particularly the so-called "donut hole" provision. Or else.
Speaker Boehner has responded with a terse, 65-word response (via The Hill):
Senators Reid, Durbin, Schumer, Murray and Stabenow:
Thank you for reminding us – and the American people – of the backroom deal that you struck behind closed doors with ‘Big Pharma,’ resulting in bigger profits for the drug companies, and higher prescription drug costs for 33 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D, at a cost to the taxpayers of $42.6 billion.
The House is going to pass legislation to repeal that now. You’re welcome.
- Speaker-Designate John Boehner’s Press Office
Oh, this year is going to be fun!