Hypocrite Harry is nothing if not transparent.
He is a classless orator, never shying away from engaging in shameful, personal attacks. Republican promises to defund Obamacare have led him to spew all kinds of venom, which I will not repeat here.
But as always, he is a hypocrite of the highest order.
…in April 2007 Reid introduced a similar bill aimed at ending funding for the Iraq War within a year. <source>
But this friendly reminder from the Daily Caller left out my favorite check-mate of Mr. Reid’s position on the issue of defunding laws that are disliked: the defunding of the Yucca mountain nuclear waste site.
I wrote about this on August 14th in Harry Reid Checkmates himself, Points Way to Defunding Obamacare and I can’t understand why nobody is using this against Reid.
Briefly, this is what happened on Yucca: Congress in 2002 passed a law designating and funding Yucca Mountain as the country’s nuclear waste repository, but Barack Obama and Harry Reid succeeded in defunding it in 2010, because they didn’t like the law.
WASHINGTON, DC, July 30, 2009 (ENS) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada has achieved his long-held plan of doing away with the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
Following conversations with Energy Secretary Steven Chu and the White House, Senator Reid today announced that the administration and the Energy Department have agreed to cut off all funding to pursue a license application for the Yucca Mountain Project in the 2011 budget. It had been approved as the nation’s only permanent geologic repository for spent nuclear fuel and Department of Defense high-level radioactive waste. “This is a major victory for Nevada,” Reid said. “I am pleased that President Obama has lived up to his promise to me and all Nevadans by working with me to kill the Yucca Mountain Project. I look forward to continuing my work with the President and his administration to find responsible, alternative solutions for dealing with nuclear waste.”
In 2002, Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed Public Law 107-200, which approved Yucca Mountain as the site for the repository at Yucca Mountain. On June 3, 2008, the Energy Department submitted a license application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission seeking construction authorization for the repository. <source>
A federal appeals court in August ruled against the Obama administration’s actions through its Energy Department, saying that it did not have the authority to suspend implementation of the project. To which Harry Reid replied:
Even if the Obama administration moves forward on the application, “there’s no money” for Yucca Mountain, Reid said. “We’ve cut out funding for many years now and there’s none in our budget to start it.” <link>
Case closed, and yet this information somehow remains obscured.
May the gods allow these words be heard more loudly.