Harry Reid Articles

Harry Reid Set Precedent for Disclosure of Hagel's Foreign Funders

1:16 PM, Feb 08, 2013

Senate majority leader Harry Reid helped set the precedent for looking into foreign backers when, in 2002, he demanded that Henry Kissinger reveal the source of his funders before serving on the 9/11 Commission. Kissinger refused to release his own documents, and therefore did not serve on the commission.

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When Harry Reid Cared About Conflicts of Interest

Under a Republican president.
7:50 AM, Feb 08, 2013

There have been requests from U.S. senators that Chuck Hagel, who has been nominated as secretary of defense, reveal what foreign money he's received for work since leaving the Senate four years ago.

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Senate Dems, GOP Cut Deal on Filibuster

12:32 PM, Jan 24, 2013

Senate leaders in both parties are brokering a deal to avert the so-called nuclear option Senate majority leader Harry Reid has threatened with regard to changing the body's filibuster rules. A Senate Republican aide confirms that the negotiated proposal between Reid and the GOP is well under way but will not include the requirement of a "talking filibuster"--a top priority of Oregon senator Jeff Merkley, a leader of the filibuster reform movement within the Senate.

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Reid: Filibuster Rule Change Coming 'Later this Month'

2:06 PM, Jan 22, 2013

Senate majority leader Harry Reid reiterated on Tuesday his plan to reform the rules of the Senate to weaken the filibuster and strengthen the majority party's power to move legislative debate forward. The Huffington Post reports:

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A Small Man in a Big Job

The petty reign of Harry Reid
Jan 21, 2013

1,360 Days Since Last Budget

In that time, debt has increased $5.3 trillion.
4:10 PM, Jan 18, 2013

House Republicans earlier today proposed a plan to raise the debt ceiling for only enough time (three months) to allow for Senate Democrats to produce a budget. The reason Democrats, who run the Senate, need to be prodded to propose a budget is simple: The Senate has not passed a budget in 1,360 days. 

The last time the Senate passed a budget was April 29, 2009.

In that time, the debt has increased by $5.3 trillion. The amount spent by the federal government in that time is likewise enormous: $13.0 trillion.

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Podcast: On Harry Reid, 'Small Man, Big Job'

3:35 PM, Jan 14, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Michael Warren, hosted by Michael Graham:

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Reid Denies Role in Attempt to Block Federal Investigation

3:26 PM, Jan 14, 2013

Utah businessman Jeremy Johnson, who pled guilty last week to charges of bank fraud and money laundering, is claiming he made a deal in 2010 to pay Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada $600,000 to stop a federal investigation into Johnson's business. Johnson says his alleged deal with Reid was brokered by John Swallow, a Republican who was sworn in as Utah's attorney general on January 7, and a fellow businessman from Utah, Richard Rawle.

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Reid: Hurricane Katrina Was 'Nothing in Comparison' to Sandy

2:51 PM, Jan 04, 2013

Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader, said today on the Senate floor that Hurricane Katrina was "nothing in comparison" to Hurricane Sandy:

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Boehner Responds to Reid: 'Go F— Yourself'

5:27 AM, Jan 02, 2013

John Boehner delivered a sharp response to Harry Reid, who last week accussed the House speaker of running “dictatorship.” The top Republican reportedly told the top Senate Democrat, “Go f— yourself."

“What are you talking about?” Reid replied, at the White House.

"Go f— yourself," Boehner repeated. 

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Harry Reid: 'I Don't Have a Counteroffer to Make'

2:53 PM, Dec 30, 2012

Harry Reid, on the Senate floor, said that he just spoke with President Barack Obama, but that they do not have a "counteroffer to make" to Republicans:

"We did have conversations last night that ended late in the evening between staffs, this morning we've been trying to come up with some counteroffer to my friends' proposals," said Reid, saying he's had a number" of conversations with the president. "I don't have a counteroffer to make."

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Reid v. Madison

Dec 24, 2012

For years, liberal pundits and Senate Democrats have talked about altering the filibuster, the procedural rule that requires a 60-vote supermajority to end debate in the U.S. Senate. The device has been a burden for majority leaders for generations, and it dogged Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama during the liberal bonanza that was the 111th Congress of 2009-2010.


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Harry Reid: 'We Are Not Going to Do Anything'

1:43 PM, Dec 20, 2012

Senate majority leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, made his "fiscal cliff" position clear in a press conference today. "We are not going to do anything," said Reid.

Reid added, "We are not taking up anything they are working on over there."

The top Democrat in the Senate was explaining his inaction on the House plan, the proposal put forward by Republican John Boehner, the speaker of the House of Representatives. Boehner's plan is being referred to as 'Plan B.'

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Reid Adjourns Senate for Viewing of 'Lincoln'

6:05 PM, Dec 19, 2012

Senate majority leader Harry Reid has adjourned the Senate to allow for a viewing of the Hollywood film Lincoln.

Senate Republicans propose initial $24B in Sandy aid, then adjourn to watch "Lincoln." Obama wanted 60B.

— Joel Siegel (@joelmsiegel) December 19, 2012  Read more

Senate Dems Distance Themselves from Hagel's 'Jewish Lobby' Remarks

5:27 PM, Dec 18, 2012

Senate Democrats are questioning a statement made by former Republican senator Chuck Hagel that the “Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people” in Washington. The comment has resurfaced now that Hagel is rumored to be Barack Obama’s top choice to head the Pentagon. He used the term in a 2008 interview.

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Harry Reid 'Envious' of Fellow Senator's 'Mop of Real Hair'

"He has hair like a 15-year-old."
4:29 PM, Dec 10, 2012

Harry Reid, speaking earlier on the Senate floor about Nebraska senator Ben Nelson's hair:

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Harry Reid, Against Filibuster Reform Before Being For It

1:56 PM, Dec 07, 2012

The Senate Republican Conference has released this video, showing that Senate majority leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, was against filibuster reform before being for it:

Reid was opposed to the measures when he led the Senate minority, but is considering the changes as the majority leader.

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Harry Reid Denies Senate Chance to Vote on Obama's Plan

3:54 PM, Dec 05, 2012

Senate majority leader Harry Reid is denying the Senate the chance to vote on President Barack Obama's proposal. Reid calls Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's request to vote on the plan a "stunt."

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Obama's Plan: Raise Taxes on Small Businesses, Lower Taxes for Corporations

3:45 PM, Nov 29, 2012

President Barack Obama’s plan to avert the so-called fiscal cliff hinges on increasing marginal tax rates on those earning over $250,000 a year—a group that includes those “millionaires and billionaires” but also includes several hundred thousand small-business owners who file their taxes as individuals. Obama supports raising that rate to 39.6 percent in order to bring in needed revenues. Democrats frequently say these top earners need to “pay their fair share.”

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Reid: Lower the Corporate Tax Rate, Raise Taxes on Small Businesses

1:05 PM, Nov 29, 2012

Senate majority leader Harry Reid suggested he supports raising taxes on small business owners to 39.6 percent while lowering the tax rate on corporations to 28 percent. In a press conference at the Capitol Thursday afternoon, Reid, joined by other members of the Senate Democratic leadership, repeatedly stated that "Democrats are all on the same page" with regard to a plan to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff" by agreeing to raise marginal tax rates on top earners.

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Special Report Panel on Harry Reid's 'Nuclear Option'

7:12 AM, Nov 29, 2012

Steve Hayes, with Kirsten Powers and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:

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Harry Reid Called Filibuster Reform He Now Supports 'Illegal' and 'Un-American'

12:57 PM, Nov 28, 2012

Harry Reid was against the filibuster rule change before coming out for it. In 2005, when Republicans threatened to change the rules to weaken Senate Democrats, Reid was a vocal opponent. 

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McConnell: Harry Reid Wants to 'Break the Rules to Change the Rules'

"Majoritarian power-grab."
11:18 AM, Nov 28, 2012

Republican senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, is accusing Democrat Harry Reid, the majority leader, of wanting to "break the rules to change the rules." This is part a "systematic effort to marginalize the minority," according to McConnell.

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Bob Kerrey Says He'll Support Harry Reid for Majority Leader

3:12 PM, Oct 30, 2012

Former Nebraska senator and governor Bob Kerrey, the Democrat who is running for his old Senate seat to replace retiring Democrat Ben Nelson, said he would vote for Nevada's Harry Reid for majority leader if he is elected. Appearing on KFAB radio in Omaha Tuesday morning, Kerrey was asked if he would support Reid for majority leader.

"Well, yes," Kerrey said. "I'll organize with the Democrats."

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Kaine Won't Say If He'll Support Reid for Majority Leader

9:35 PM, Oct 08, 2012

Richmond, Va.
Speaking to reporters following his second televised debate against Republican George Allen Monday night, 
Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine of Virginia was asked if he would vote for Harry Reid, currently the majority leader, for the Democrats' top position in the U.S. Senate. Kaine refused to answer the question.

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Reid Holds Senate Hostage to Allow Vote for Embattled Democrat's Bill

10:20 AM, Sep 21, 2012

Senate majority leader Harry Reid is holding up the Senate to allow a vote on a bill introduced by embattled Democrat Jon Tester.

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Harry Reid: 'Mitt Romney May Be One of Those Paying No Federal Income Tax'

9:16 AM, Sep 19, 2012

On the Senate floor just, Senate majority leader Harry Reid tripled down and again accused Mitt Romney of not paying income taxes:

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Dirty Harry

Why are Republicans giving Reid a pass?
Sep 03, 2012

Democrat Tammy Baldwin is running for the Senate in Wisconsin, but a TV ad criticizing her opens with a smiling House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on the screen. Democrat Joe Donnelly is his party’s Senate candidate in Indiana. An ad targeting him quotes Donnelly as saying “he’s not worried about Nancy Pelosi’s politics being tied to his campaign.” But he should be. “You can run for the Senate, but you can’t run from your record,” the ad says. In this case, it’s his record of having voted twice for Pelosi as House speaker.

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Taxing Our Patience

3:40 PM, Aug 07, 2012

When you take your campaign cues from Harry Reid, then you surely are running short on inspiration.  But that is where Elizabeth Warren, who laid the intellectual foundation for the Occupy movement, finds herself.  She is now calling for her opponent in the Senate race for what was once thought of in Massachusetts as "the Kennedy seat" to release his tax records. The thing is ...

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