December 4, 2011 |
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will unveil a proposal Monday to extend a payroll tax cut for 160 million American workers, a Democratic ally said. Interviewed on "Fox News Sunday," Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said Reid would announce the details of a plan that would extend a cut in the payroll taxes used to pay for Social Security. Conrad would not reveal the specifics but said "it will be paid for" and represent a compromise between the dueling plans the Senate rejected last week.
November 1, 2011 |
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Republicans are being “led like puppets by Grover Norquist,” the anti-tax activist and keeper of a pledge that binds nearly all Republican lawmakers to a promise not to raise taxes. Reid made the remark to reporters Tuesday as he complained about Republicans' refusal to raise taxes to pay for the president's jobs bill or to lower the deficit. As the fight over the deficit intensifies, and a deadline for a super committee deal nears, Norquist has increasingly become a punching bag on Capitol Hill.
October 17, 2011 |
The Senate plans to vote on the first component of President Obama's jobs plan -- $35 billion to save the jobs of public school teachers and first-responders -- possibly as soon as this week. It seems Democrats are finally operating from the same political playbook. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the majority leader, made the announcement Monday as Obama embarked on his three-day jobs bus tour. "We're going to do our utmost to do this as quickly as we can," Reid told reporters.
October 6, 2011 |
A procedural cold war that has simmered all year in the Senate escalated into a full-blown confrontation late Thursday, upending Senate rules and halting final approval of an otherwise bipartisan bill to punish China and other countries believed to be undervaluing their currencies. The showdown set a precedent in the wonkish world of Senate procedure: It slaps greater restrictions on the rights of the minority party to amend legislation. After two hours of jousting, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
September 30, 2011 |
The wife of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer and is undergoing treatment, including chemotherapy, in Washington, D.C., the senator's office confirmed Friday. Landra Reid, 71, and the senator are high school sweethearts, and have been married for 52 years. The senator is expected to continue his work as majority leader. "Senator and Mrs. Reid appreciate the thoughts and concerns expressed during this time,” said a statement from Reid's office.
August 9, 2011 |
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the first appointees to a congressional super-committee charged with tackling the federal deficit, but the Democratic choices offer few signs that the panel can resolve the partisan stalemate that has only hardened in Congress amid the nation's worsening economic outlook. Reid tapped Sen. Patty Murray of Washington to co-chair the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction, and also named Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts.
July 31, 2011 |
Breaking news: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced they had come to an agreement on a deal that would raise the debt limit and reduce the deficit. Speaking from the White House,President Obama acknowledged the "messy" fight over the nation's debt and deficits has "taken far too long," but thanked leaders for finding "their way toward compromise" and urged Americans to continue pressuring lawmakers until the deal is voted out of Congress.
July 30, 2011 |
Efforts to reach a last-minute deal to stave off a potentially disastrous federal default appeared to make progress late Saturday as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called off a scheduled 1 a.m. Sunday test vote and declared himself newly "optimistic. " Reid (D-Nev.) scheduled a new vote for noon Sunday, saying he wanted to give the parties more time to negotiate. Talks were underway at the White House, he said, and progress was being made toward the Democratic demand for a long-term debt limit increase that would carry the government through the end of 2012.
July 14, 2011 |
A plan by the Senate's two top leaders to allow President Obama to raise the debt limit without congressional approval is emerging as the most likely strategy to avoid a looming federal default. The plan being drafted by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada would lock in about $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 10 years — a figure considerably smaller than Republican leaders and Obama had been seeking. Administration officials have said they still would prefer a more sweeping deal on the deficit, but they signaled the idea would be acceptable to Obama.