Does Minority Leader Harry Reid have the votes to throw a monkey wrench into President Barack Obama’s trade agenda?
The Nevada Democrat indicated as much to the Huffington Post in an interview published late Monday, though he was not as explicit about his intentions Tuesday morning on the floor of the chamber.
“McConnell said he wanted to move to trade in the next two or three weeks, and I’m going to — maybe he can, but I don’t think he’s going to have an easy time doing it, because I will not let him do that. We’re not going to lay over, as I said, until we have some way to move forward on FISA and the surface transportation bill,” Reid said in the Huffington Post interview . “He has some decisions to make and he’s going to have to work around me and the caucus.”
The push for a restoration of Trade Promotion Authority puts Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and other Senate Republicans squarely on Obama’s side, with Reid providing the most powerful voice of opposition.