December 4, 2010
All students deserve access to higher education and a prosperous future, regardless of their immigration status. Federal legislation that would permit young illegal immigrants to gain legal status and ultimately citizenship if they go to college or serve in the military is in California's and the country's best interest. The reasons to support the DREAM Act are moral, pragmatic and economic. Young people go where their parents take them, and it is unjust to punish them for being brought into the country illegally.
April 25, 2009 |
Congress is unlikely to form an independent panel to study the Bush administration's program of harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects now that President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have voiced opposition to the idea. Reid (D-Nev.) said he preferred to allow the Senate Intelligence Committee to finish its investigation of the Bush-era practices before taking further action. That could take the rest of the year, he said.
December 9, 2010 |
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday said he would delay a vote on immigration legislation known as the DREAM Act, a move viewed as an attempt to boost the bill's chances of winning bipartisan support and speed up the process as lawmakers scramble to finish business before the end of the year. Reid, who made a vote on the bill a top priority of the lame-duck session, did not say when the vote would be rescheduled, but suggested he would wait until after lawmakers agree on a tax package.
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.
February 22, 2011 |
WASHINGTON ? Yielding no ground in the budget standoff, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday said he would propose a measure that would fund the government at current levels for one month, a path that would avoid a government shutdown while the Senate and the Republican-led House negotiate a long-term spending plan. Reid (D-Nev.) acknowledged that the long-term plan would include budget cuts but said both sides needed more time "to find a responsible path forward that cuts government spending while keeping our communities safe and our economy growing.
December 1, 2009 |
After almost a year of maneuvering over policies and politics, the Senate on Monday officially began debate on the landmark legislation to overhaul the nation's healthcare system, but it remained uncertain how long the deliberations would last or how much the bill would change before it comes to a vote. With Republicans united in opposition and conservative Democrats and the Senate's two independents continuing to express reservations, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) faced a daunting challenge in building the filibuster-proof majority needed for passage.
December 15, 2010 |
The Senate is expected to debate a proposed nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia as early as Wednesday, despite continuing Republican objections that there is too little time this year to properly evaluate the controversial measure. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday ordered debate to begin as soon as the Senate finishes the proposed tax-cut package, and predicted that advocates had the 67 votes needed for ratification. But Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), who has fought to delay consideration of the treaty until next year, when Republicans will have more Senate seats, contended that Reid "perhaps predicted something prematurely.
July 28, 2010
After Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) unveiled an energy bill Tuesday that was so watered down from earlier versions that it was practically leaking on the carpet, President Obama insisted that he was still committed to meaningful action on climate change. "I want to emphasize it's only the first step. And I intend to keep pushing for broader reform, including climate legislation," Obama said in the Rose Garden. If we could harness that hot air, we could power a small city.
July 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Fed up with Republican efforts to block confirmation of President Obama's appointees, Democrats threatened Thursday to limit use of the filibuster, a drastic maneuver that would end an age-old Senate tradition and could inflame tensions between the two parties. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid set the stage for a showdown next week, scheduling votes on seven stalled nominations that require 60 votes to advance under a filibuster. If those votes fail, Reid vowed that Democrats would alter Senate rules on executive branch nominations to allow them to pass on majority votes.
March 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - To advance a cause that has defined her political career, Sen. Dianne Feinstein brought the father of a child killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School to Capitol Hill, where he talked about the last time he saw his first-grader alive. She brought in police officers to press her case against her law-and-order opponents. She made it personal, evoking the time she had sought a pulse on the wrist of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, shot seconds before, and found her fingers "in a bullet hole.