Members of Congress may juggle many responsibilities, but no one probably ever mentioned cartwheels would be part of the act — until Thursday.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., proposed doing the acrobatic feat — down the center of the Senate chamber aisle — to highlight Republican efforts to block legislation, The New York Times reports.
Reid, who the Times reports walks four miles a day, did not do any cartwheels in the end, but his act might have spotlighted his frustration at the inability to advance Democrats' legislative agenda.
On Tuesday he accused President Bush of "pulling the strings on the 49 [Republican] puppets he has here in the Senate," sparking outcry from Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who accused Reid of violating a rule prohibiting "any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a senator."
On Thursday, Bush said: "The Congress has not sent me a single bill to help homeowners" after outlining his plan to do so. Senate Democrats say Republicans are to blame for blocking those bills, and other including the 11 — out of 12 — remaining spending bills to pay for the federal government's activities.