Harry Reid almost never allows up or down votes on Republican agenda legislation coming out of the House. He has taken the Senate hostage.
A good example is the House Continuing Resolution which Reid would not allow to come up for a vote until Obamacare defunding was stripped out. He could have allowed a vote on the entire bill — which Ted Cruz said would have satisfied him — but Reid held the nation hostage.
The only mechanism for the House to effect any meaningful change — or even to get a vote on it – comes at times of budget/debt deadlines. Even then, it’s limited because Reid backed by Obama knows that the media will play a deadlock as Republicans wanting to shut down government.