Senate Democrats

Reid Spokesman Statement On Republicans’ Refusal To Negotiate On First Responders’ Bill

Washington, DCJim Manley, Spokesman forSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid, released the following statement today after Republicans threatened to vote against cloture vote on a bill to help firefighters, police officers and other first responders:

“Senator Reid remains committed, despite Republican opposition, to give all public-safety officers the basic collective bargaining rights they deserve.  Senator Reid also remains committed to maintaining the bipartisan support the Cooperation Act enjoys, and to ultimately winning its passage.

“Republicans have repeatedly threatened to vote against cloture, and have turned down multiple opportunities to debate and vote on any amendments – including their own.  In fact, moments before the scheduled votes on amendments on Wednesday, Senators McConnell and Graham sought to undermine the process and delay help for first responders by attaching Senator McCain’s alternative G.I. bill to the collective bargaining bill.  And since then, Republicans have rejected repeated requests by various stakeholders to continue negotiations.

“We remain hopeful that Republicans will abandon their stalling tactics and instead join us to give our firefighters, police officers and first responders the right to negotiate for the pay and benefits they deserve.”