Harry Reid: Amid GOP 'Sue-and-Impeach Show,' Senate 'Will Stay Right Here Working'

By Susan Jones | July 31, 2014 | 10:14 AM EDT

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) - As soon as they return from their five-week recess, the Senate will get to work, even on weekends, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Thursday morning.

Reid said September could be a productive month, unless Republicans "keep up their sue-and-impeach show." The Senate, meanwhile, "will stay right here working until they (Republicans) finally get serious about giving the American people a fair shot."

Reid announced that "every day between Sept. 8 and Sept. 30 is fair game. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays -- we need to be here. I repeat for the third time here this morning, there is so much to do and so little time to do it. We have not had a productive congress. We can't push everything back to the so-called lame duck."

Reid said much of what the Democrat-led Senate accomplishes in September depends on House Republicans: "Will they get their business done? Pass legislation that's important for our country -- including the economy?" he asked.

"Here we've lamented the fact that they refused to take up and pass our comprehensive immigration reform. What a good piece of legislation! A bipartisan bill, passed out of this body by an overwhelming margin, and Republicans refused to take it up," Reid complained.

Reid faulted Republicans for having no interest in his liberal agenda: "No, Mr. President, they're busy turning the House floor into a theater, but it's a double feature... House Republicans are first of all going to sue the president, and above all, the Republicans in the House and the Senate are the most anti-trial-lawyer group of legislators in the history of the country -- but who are they going to? Trial lawyers. Who's going to pay those trial lawyers? American taxpayers.

"And if that isn't enough, once their lawsuit gets going, they're going to try to impeach the president. So that's what it's all about."

House Speaker John Boehner has said Republicans have no current or future plans to impeach President Obama, but Democrats nevertheless are happy to be fund-raising off the suggestion that it might happen.