Reid is refusing to allow any vote on restoring pension benefits to those in armed services
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Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) tried to table Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) amendments to the Defense bill in an effort to allow Republicans to offer their own. But Democrats voted against his motion in a 45-55 vote Thursday.
When Reid filed cloture on the bill earlier this week, he “filled the amendment tree” to prevent any changes to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which the House passed last week.
Cornyn criticized Reid for “filling the tree” more than 70 times since becoming Majority Leader — far more than leaders before him.
“The Majority Leader is refusing to allow any vote on restoring pension benefits to the men and women in armed services,” Cornyn said of a provision that was part of the budget deal cutting $6 billion from military retiree benefits. “Why is it that he’s blocking a vote on a relative amendment?”