Reid: ‘I’m Not a King’

by Andrew Stiles

Washington — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) had a testy exchange with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) on the Senate floor Thursday evening, at times loud enough to be heard from the upstairs press gallery. Senators convened late Thursday to initiate action on a proposed tax package, even as the final details were being ironed out. A cloture vote is schedule for Monday at 3 p.m.

Reid and Brown were heard discussing the 1603 tax-grant program for renewable energy industries. Brown and other Senate Democrats want the program extended as part of any final package. Brown has been one of the most outspoken opponents of the proposal to extend the Bush tax rates for top income earners, but has not ruled out voting for the deal.   

The conversation apparently didn’t go very well, because at one point an exasperated Reid blurted out: “I’m not a king!” Shortly afterwards, an agitated Brown retreated to the back benches to pout.