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Reid: Republicans Are Like ‘Little Pigs in Greased-Pig Contests’

In his latest diatribe on the Senate floor, Harry Reid spent several minutes detailing greased-pig contests at rural Nevada rodeos and then compared his Republican colleagues to the scurrying livestock.

“Pigs are a little slippery to begin with, but you cover them with grease, they’re really slippery,” the Senate majority leader recounted. “It’s really quite the spectacle — it’s a lot of fun to watch.”

He assured the chamber that “there’s no pain to the pig” as competitors try to grab the animal.

“Oft time, working with my Senate Republican colleagues reminds me of chasing one of these little pigs in a greased-pig contest,” Reid explained after his nearly three-minute description of the sport. “Regardless of all of our efforts, any time we get close to making progress, it seems as though we watch it slip out of our hands and the Republicans scamper away.”

Reid took issue with Republican attempts to amend bills, in particular an energy bill the Senate is set to vote on on Tuesday. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell fired back at Reid’s claims, saying that only eight Republican amendments have been voted on since last July.

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