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After a week that saw a flurry of noise surrounding the Reid/Kyl bill and then a round of blame exchange among the bill’s supporters, the official word from Harry Reid’s office: Reid/Kyl is dead for the 2012 lame duck session:
Tetreault’s article is now up at the LVRJ. Quote from Reid chief of staff David Krone:
“Our goal is to definitely try again next year but Senator Reid’s feeling is that after a while there comes a time when you’ve lost momentum, you’ve lost the consensus that you’ve built,” Krone said. “There will be a window next year but I don’t see it going long.”
It’s hard to consider anything as absolutely off the table until the lame duck session actually draws to a close, a point echoed by Ian Imrich:
Reid made a similar declaration about the cybersecurity bill in November, only to have his Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell subsequently indicate he expected the Senate to return to the bill before the lame duck ended.
The timing of the announcement – on a Friday afternoon during a major story – may suggest Reid was looking to bury the news, or it could be simple coincidence.
Why would Reid’s office make this announcement as opposed to just letting the clock run out on the lame duck? There are a number of possibilities, including: