Sen. Reid: Yes, Republicans Are Like 'Greased Pigs'

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | May 9, 2014 | 10:50 AM EDT

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) doubled-down on remarks he made Tuesday comparing Senate Republicans to greased pigs, saying yesterday on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown," "I used greased pig, I used the shell game because that's what it is."

"Working with my Senate Republican colleagues reminds me of chasing one of these little pigs in a greased pig contest," Harry Reid declared from the Senate floor Tuesday.

Defending his remarks, Reid told Chuck Todd yesterday, "Listen. Listen to this. [The Keystone pipeline bill] was held up a year ago for a lot of reasons, one of which was David Vitter (R-La.) said he believes that people who work here for us shouldn't have health care. Okay?"

"Well it wasn't health care, it was getting the subsidy," Todd corrected.

"It's getting health care. Don't be playing his game," Reid corrected. "He wanted to stop staff from getting health care. It's what he wanted. Every other business in America who their employer helps them with health care, major business and we should be a major business."

It is interesting to hear Reid say that Congress is a "major business." He notes that the Senate has 6,500 employees.

Todd is correct that the debate the Senate had last year (that Reid is mentioning) was not about removing Congress (and its staff) from health care, but about whether Congress should receive the Obamacare subsidy, which is reserved for people 400% below poverty line.

Reid then goes on to say that he really wants to pass the Keystone bill, but Republicans keep changing the bill.

"So, you'll do an up or down vote on Keystone if it has no amendments, you'll do that tomorrow?" Todd asks.

"Yes, yes," Reid reiterated. "But then [the Republicans] said 'Let's change it, change it again.' On things that are only - on its face - only efforts to kill the bill."