Harry Reid is running the Senate with an iron fist, and Republicans and Congressional historians are taking note. The Hill published an article titled “An imperial majority leader?” and dug back several decades to compare the leadership styles of Harry Reid and his predecessors.
Historians suggest that Harry Reid’s grip on the Senate is even stronger than Lyndon B. Johnson’s, who’s nickname became “master of the Senate”:
Reid’s tight leadership reins have protected vulnerable Democrats from having to take tough votes and helped them amass a 55-seat majority. He routinely puts legislation on the floor as a take-it-or-leave-it proposition, denying the minority and even members of his own caucus the chance to amend it.
Republicans point out they were allowed to vote on only nine of their proposed amendments since July of last year.
Parliamentary experts say Reid has managed the floor debate much more strictly than his predecessors.
“Sen. Reid has actively assumed the role far in excess of that assumed by previous majority leaders. That is to be a traffic cop over the amendment process either to police amendments by allowing those he deems acceptable for consideration by the Senate or to bar amendments altogether,” said Martin Gold, an expert on congressional procedure who served former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker (R-Tenn.) and Bill Frist (R-Tenn.).
“He has engaged in that practice more than twice as frequently as all previous majority leaders combined,” Gold said.