By using the term “Republican Congress,” says New York GOP congressman Tom Reed, President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are “forgetting” that their party controls the Senate.
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“The President is forgetting that there are two houses. You’ve got the House of Representatives and you’ve got the Senate — and here we’ve got reasonable proposals with the ‘Forgotten 15’ that are sitting on the steps of the Senate that’s controlled by the Democrats,” Reed told The Daily Caller at the Capitol on Thursday.
“From my perspective, where I sit, the problem is the Democratic Senate and they should be held accountable.”
Obama recently told ABC News, “I’m the first one to acknowledge that the relations between myself and the Republican Congress have not been good over the last several months, but it’s not for lack of effort.”
TheDC also asked Reed if he agrees with the administrative actions Obama is taking on student loans and mortgage refinancing.
“It’s all politics from my perspective,” he answered. ”It’s a sound bite delivered on a campaign trail in order to achieve votes.”
“From my perspective, there are issues there that require comprehensive, long term solutions and trying to put a bureaucratic Band-Aid on the student issue for example isn’t going to solve it. All it’s going to do is kick the can down the road.”
The first-term congressman added that he’s focused on policy debates, not the 2012 elections.
“As a new member of Congress who really doesn’t care about getting re-elected, we’re here to talk about policy over politics and I think everyone in the freshman class joins me in that sentiment,” he said.