Washington — Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has a message for the president when it comes to his call for earmark elimination: “Back off.”
Reid appeared on “NBC Nightly News” Wednesday night to discuss his reaction to the president’s Tuesday night State of the Union address. On the subject of earmarks, he was candid regarding his position that the White House should butt out and leave the Constitutionally-delegated task of spending allocation to Congress.
“This is an applause line,” Reid said of Obama’s statement during the speech that he would veto any legislation that was sent to him with earmarks included. “It’s an effort by the White House to get more power. They’ve got enough power as it is.”