- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 24, 2011

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, kept the Senate open last year during the Thanksgiving recess and threatened to extend sessions past the Christmas holiday in 2009 in order to pass a flawed health care bill that he must have known was unconstitutional. With the country now in a dire financial crisis and needing a continuing resolution enacted by March 3 to avoid a government shutdown - in addition to the need to raise the debt limit - Mr. Reid closed the Senate for a critical week. The previous Democratic congressional majorities failed to honor their prescribed constitutional duty to pass a budget for the fiscal year 2011, and Mr. Reid is outdoing himself in closing the Senate prior to a possible vote on the House-approved spending bill.

Mr. Reid is the epitome of duplicity and ultrapartisan politics. He is now showing his un-American colors by working against the best interests of the country. Fiddling while Rome burns must be contagious.

Mr. Reid has served in Congress since 1982, which is far too long. This is proof that incumbency is the enemy of the American people.

ALBERT MASLAR

Absecon, N.J.