Harry Reid: Republicans ‘Fixated on Destroying Our Government, Our Economy’

March 2, 2011 - 3:25 PM

Harry Reid, Charles Schumer

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., accompanied by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(CNSNews.com) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) today accused congressional Republicans of being fixated on destroying the U.S. government and economy.

At a Capitol Hill Press conference to announce that the Senate had agreed to a continuing resolution that will keep the government funded through March 18th, Reid was asked about GOP plans to eliminate the Home Affordable Modification Program--a program that has permanently modified nearly 600,000 loans since its inception.

“Why can’t they work on things that help the economy?” Reid asked. “Why do they have to work on things that hurt the economy? Why would they want to eliminate a program like that? Just because it came from the White House? This is hard for me to understand why they’re so fixated on destroying our government, our economy.”

House and Senate Republicans, meanwhile, say the HAMP program, though well-intentioned, is doing more harm than good for struggling homeowners and making things worse for many homeowners.

Reid’s home state of Nevada has the highest home foreclosure rate in the United States.  One out of every 93 properties is currently in foreclosure.