“We should pass a homeland security bill with no strings attached to it,” said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) after returning to the Senate floor for the first time since injuring himself severely while exercising in his bathroom at home.
“Why should we be dealing with issues that have nothing to do with homeland security? Nothing to do with homeland security?” he added.
Republicans are using the Department of Homeland Security funding bill “to roll back Mr. Obama’s executive actions on immigration — a move Democrats adamantly object to. If Congress doesn’t pass legislation to fund DHS by Feb. 27, the agency won’t be able to pay for some of its core operations”.
Reid has been surrounded by speculation both as to the seriousness of his injuries and his weak approval numbers back at home. Both issues have led to a fair number of media portrayals leaving Reid looking weak, at best. The Senate appearance and strong rhetoric may be as much designed to make Reid look strong, as they are meant to thwart Republicans, who now control the majority in the Senate.