Lott: Democrats Creating Legislative 'Log Jam'
Senate leader says Clinton has become 'bystander'
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, July 11) -- Senate Majority Leader
Trent Lott is charging Senate Democrats with trying to create
a "legislative log jam" by delaying action on appropriations
bills, a tactic he says is holding up legislation important
to the American people, including tax cuts.
Giving Saturday's weekly Republican radio address, Lott also
blasted President Bill Clinton for isolating himself from
what's going on in Congress.
"In all my years in government, I cannot remember a time,
except during the months of the Watergate tragedy, when the
president of the United States was disengaged, so personally
removed from the work of the Congress," said Lott, who came
to Washington in 1973. "Whatever the reason, President
Clinton has chosen to become a bystander to the hard work of
advancing the nation's business.
"His highly publicized executive orders, foreign visits and
frequent Rose Garden ceremonies may be good media publicity,
but they aren't good leadership."
Lott said that between now and the November elections, Senate
Republicans want to pass anti-drug and anti-crime
legislation, changes in bankruptcy laws and a bill to combat
religious persecution in other countries.
"We can and we will finish that job, including, if I have my
way, another round of tax reductions for hard-working
Americans," he said.
But he said Democrats are using amendments and procedural
maneuvers -- what he termed "political shenanigans" -- to
create the impression of a "do-nothing Congress."
Lott also accused them of trying to delay appropriations
bills beyond the beginning of the federal fiscal year that
starts October 1 to create "a log jam that can only be broken
by giving President Clinton more of your money to spend, in
ways you probably don't want it to be spent."