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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader, said today on the Senate floor that Hurricane Katrina was "nothing in comparison" to Hurricane Sandy:Read more
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.Read more
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."Read more
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.
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.'Read more
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.Read more
Harry Reid, speaking earlier on the Senate floor about Nebraska senator Ben Nelson's hair:Read more
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.Read more
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."Read more
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.”Read more
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.Read more
Steve Hayes, with Kirsten Powers and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:Read more
Harry Reid was against the 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.Read more
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 "," according to McConnell.Read more
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."Read more
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.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid is holding up the Senate to allow a vote on a bill introduced by embattled Democrat Jon Tester.Read more
On the Senate floor just, Senate majority leader Harry Reid tripled down and again accused Mitt Romney of not paying income taxes:Read more
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.Read more
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 ...Read more
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