As Republicans in the Senate bring forward a bill next week that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of gestation—when babies are capable of feeling pain and can survive outside the womb—Senate minority leader Harry Reid declined to say whether he supports any limits on abortion during any moment of pregnancy. The Nevada Democrat has characterized himself as pro-life in the past, having stated his opposition to Roe v. Wade and having voted for the ban on partial-birth abortions (which bans a particular procedure but does not protect human life at any stage of development).
But at a press conference in the Capitol Wednesday, Reid says he won't support the GOP bill. "If you dissect this bill they have, no reasonable person could vote for this," he said. "It’s a bad bill, and I can’t imagine anyone wanting to vote for it."
Reid offered his theory of why GOP leader Mitch McConnell is bringing up the bill next week. "He’s doing it for reasons I’m not sure anyone appreciates. But he’s doing it because the pope’s coming here," said Reid. Pope Francis will visit the nation's capital next week and will address members of Congress.
Asked twice by THE WEEKLY STANDARD if there should be any limits to when an abortion is performed, Reid, encouraged by fellow Democratic senators Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer (who were standing behind him), declined to answer.
"So you're not willing to say whether there should be limits on when an abortion should be?" asked TWS.
"The question’s on this bill," Reid said. "And this bill’s going nowhere."
Reid's counterpart in the House of Representatives, minority leader Nancy Pelosi, has also refused to answer questions about late-term abortions and was unable to explain the difference between that practice and infanticide.
Senate minority leader Harry Reid of Nevada said Monday he is working toward filibustering a disapproval vote on President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, Politico reports. Arkansas senator Tom Cotton, a Republican who has been a vocal critic of the deal, released a statement blasting the Nevada Democrat's declared effort to block a rejection in the Senate:
A Democratic Senate candidate from Missouri has argued that politicians in Washington ought to "take on their party bosses," even as he raises money in Las Vegas with the leader of his party in the Senate, Nevada's Harry Reid.
Jason Kander, a 34-year-old rising Democratic star and Missouri's secretary of state, is hoping to take on Republican incumbent Roy Blunt next year. Blunt, a former House majority leader, currently holds a position in Senate Republican leadership, a fact Kander recently used to demonstrate how the first-term senator is out of touch with Missourians.
They come and they go and, now, Harry Reid has said he is going. When he announced his decision to retire, the predictable chorus of “attaboys” followed. He was a “fighter,” many of his colleagues said. President Obama went the extra mile and spoke fondly of Reid’s “curmudgeonly charm that’s hard to replace.”
Senate minority leader Harry Reid is retiring after the 2016 elections, the Nevada Democrat announced Friday. In a video message, the 75-year-old Reid claimed the decision had nothing to do with being in the minority, or with difficult reelection prospects, or with his recent accident in his home.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee responds to Harry Reid's retirement:
“On the verge of losing his own election and after losing the majority, Senator Harry Reid has decided to hang up his rusty spurs. Not only does Reid instantly become irrelevant and a lame duck, his retirement signals that there is no hope for the Democrats to regain control of the Senate. With the exception of Reid, every elected statewide official in Nevada is Republican and this race is the top pickup opportunity for the GOP.”
The United States Army has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and "misbehavior before the enemy." Bergdahl allegedly abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by Taliban-aligned forces for nearly five years before the Obama administration negotiated a deal with the Taliban forces.
The office of Harry Reid announced that the top Democrat in the Senate will undergo eye surgery to recover "full vision in his right eye." He'll miss a week of work while he's recovering.
“On Monday, as a necessary step to assist in recovering full vision in his right eye, Senator Reid will undergo surgery on his right eye at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Senator Reid was notified that this surgery will be necessary following a doctor’s appointment yesterday," announced a Reid spokesman today.