Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Nevada's Reid Tapped to Lead Dem. Caucus.
A veteran of 22 years in Congress, he voted against President Bush's tax cuts in 2001 and opposed the final version of the administration's landmark Medicare overhaul legislation in 2003.That's putting it mildly. He used an Unconstitutional religious litmus test in the confrimation of John Ashcroft.
Like a majority of Democrats, he voted to give Bush authority to use military force to oust Iraq's Saddam Hussein, and voted many months later to spend $87 billion to help pay the costs of military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Earlier this year, he helped bottle up a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages, and sided with organized labor when it sought to make sure no worker lost overtime rights under new administration regulations.
He's also worked with environmentalists to block oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
As well, he's been a loyal supporter of Democratic filibusters against 10 of Bush's judicial nominees deemed extremists by a coalition of civil rights, women's and other groups.
Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. Said, before his confirmation, "I think that we have a right to look at John Ashcroft's religion." The senator disregarded the U.S. Constitution, which says, "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."