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Has Harry Reid Committed a Felony or Just a Misdemeanor?

ssc Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 11:43 AM
Dumb article. While I am disgusted with Prince Harry's leadership, there is no enforcement provision for failing to pass the budget. Therefore, there can be no prosecution. However, it would seem to be grounds for impeachment--failing to discharge the duties he swore to do.
traitorbill Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 8:58 PM
arpiem Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 1:12 PM
See my response to witmoore1, above. Failing to pass the budget makes him guilty of nonfeasance.
Grant75 Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 12:30 PM
Would you settle for impeachment?
scott s. Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 4:18 PM
Sorry, but no such thing as impeachment of Senators. Since Reid is majority leader, by definition more than 50 Senators support him. It's well established that no Congress can constrain a future Congress, thus nothing in the 1974 budget resolution act can bind the current Congress. The whole budget resolution process just added another layer of bureaucracy (budget committees/CBO) on top of the existing process in Congress. Focusing on the process instead of the real problem (Americans wanting freebees) is why conservatives are losing.
Kibitzer Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 6:25 PM
"Sorry, but no such thing as impeachment of Senators."

Impeachment of Senator William Blount (1797) was initiated but he had been expelled from the Senate prior to completion of the impeachment process. Expulsion requires the same 2/3 vote by the Senate as does impeachment.

The Senate may expel a senator by a two-thirds vote. Fifteen senators have been expelled in the history of the Senate: William Blount, for treason, in 1797, and fourteen in 1861 and 1862 for supporting the Confederate secession.

Don't hold your breath waiting for Harry Reid to become the 16th Senator to be expelled.

WASHINGTON -- I have one question about the way Majority Leader Harry Reid has been conducting the Senate. Has he committed a felony or a mere misdemeanor?

The wags will say that a politician from Nevada does not commit misdemeanors, but I am in earnest. The difference between whether Dingy Harry -- as he is known by the eminent political scientist Dr. Rush Limbaugh -- shuffles off to a federal prison or merely pays a hefty fine is significant. I suppose we can leave it to the federal prosecutors to decide, but if he gets off on a misdemeanor...