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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's declaration that "The border is secure" signals congressional gridlock over tens of thousands of children and families who have surged across the border this year. (Associated Press)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada was blasted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal for comments he made last week on the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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National Edition News cover for July 8, 2014 - Harry’s rules: Reid dominates crippled Congress: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, following a Democratic policy lunch. A massive $1.1 trillion spending bill, aimed at funding the government through October and putting to rest the bitter budget battles of last year, is getting generally positive reviews from House Republicans who are eager to avoid another shutdown crisis with elections looming. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's chief power comes from a single parliamentary tactic that gives the majority leader the "right of first recognition," which means that the presiding officer always gives him the chance to control the floor of the chamber. (Associated Press)

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Big Man in Congress: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has outsized control of deciding the fate of federal law. (Associated Press)