July 17, 2013 |
The bipartisan accord that ended a sometimes bitter Senate debate over filibusters Tuesday handed the Obama administration a significant victory, ensuring the confirmation of several major nominees and the functioning of federal agencies endangered by determined Republican opposition. Democrats had been poised to force through a major change in Senate rules, ending the power of a minority to block executive branch nominations by threat of filibuster. Republicans had said they would respond by bringing the Senate to a halt.
July 31, 2011 |
Lawmakers huddled in tense negotiations as a weekend of round-the-clock sessions became a test not only of whether a solution could be found for the stalemate over the federal debt, but also of whether a viable center still exists in American politics. Late Saturday night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid postponed a scheduled 1 a.m. Sunday test vote on a compromise bill. Reid said he wanted to give the parties more time to negotiate. Talks were underway at the White House, he said, and he was now "optimistic" the key Democratic demand — a long-term debt limit increase that would carry the government through 2012 — would be agreed to. "I'm glad to see this move toward cooperation and compromise," Reid (D-Nev.)
October 16, 2013 |
A frantic day of legislative maneuvering ended in futility for Speaker John A. Boehner on Tuesday, as the most conservative members of the House refused to back his proposed compromise to end the standoff over the federal budget. The failure leaves a bipartisan Senate plan negotiated by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as the sole way out of a stalemate that risks a U.S. default on its bills and huge economic disruptions. A bill that passed the Senate would receive Democratic support in the House, guaranteeing a majority if Boehner were willing to bring it to the floor even without the backing of most Republicans.
December 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON --Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was taken to the hospital early Friday morning after not feeling well, and remained for observation, his spokesman said. Reid, the Nevada Democrat who turned 74 this month, led the chamber Thursday night through its second midnight session in recent days amid steep partisanship. He is not expected to be at work Friday, as the Senate wraps up its final workday of the year. Reid decided to go to the hospital "as a precaution," said the senator's spokesman Adam Jentleson.
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.