[Video] Why Did Harry Reid Vote Against His Own Gun Legislation? Hint: It’s Not Good
We’ve had several people emailing us asking why exactly Harry Reid voted no on the very legislation that he had such a had in getting to the Senate floor yesterday.
Well, I can asure you the reason is NOT because Reid all of a sudden decided to do the right thing and protect our Constitutional rights.
Basically Reid did this as a procedural vote. By voting no, Reid can file a motion to reconsider and bring the legislation back up again at any time.
According to an article on the Washington Post,
As Sarah Binder, a Senate rules expert at George Washington University, said, it’s not that the majority leader has to vote no. It’s that somebody on the winning side of the cloture vote — in this case, the side voting against cloture — has to file a “motion to reconsider” if the matter is to be taken up again. “I suppose the broader parliamentary principle here is that it would be somewhat unfair to give someone on the losing side of a question a second bite at the apple,” Binder explained. So the rules provide for senators whose opinion has changed to motion for another vote, whereas those whose opinion stays the same don’t get to keep filing to reconsider.
So, remember to stay on your toes and be ready for this legislation to come back to life at any time.
This debate is far from over.