Via The Hill
House Democrats are urging their Senate counterparts to move their bills in the upper chamber this year.
Out of the 195 House-passed bills that are now stalled in the Senate, 31 were written by Democrats, and many have been awaiting Senate approval for close to a year.
Most of these Democratic bills are non-controversial. But House Democrats are stressing the importance of passing them.
GOP House leaders and Senate Democrats have engaged in a back-and-forth blame game on the gridlock in Washington.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has set up a website showcasing all bills “stuck in the Senate.” President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), meanwhile, have criticized the House for not acting on immigration reform, which passed the Senate last year.
But the fact that House Democratic bills are sitting in the Senate gives GOP leaders political ammunition.
“Democratic bills, Republican bills, bipartisan bills — the House has moved scores of legislation to help hard-working families and build an America that works,” Cantor Deputy Chief of Staff Doug Heye said. “Harry Reid’s do-nothing Senate must not have gotten the memo that President Obama declared 2014 a year of action.”
Reid’s office did not respond to requests for comment.