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Day May 17, 2007

Measuring Progress in Iraq: The Status of Political Benchmarks

In September, the Iraqi government publicly committed to meet a series of political benchmarks, by the end of 2006 or early 2007, for advancing the national reconciliation process, including measures for amending the constitution; holding provincial elections; reforming de-Baathification laws; regulating the oil industry; and disbanding sectarian militias. In unveiling his new security plan for…


Reid: Votes Show Growing Momentum Toward Changing Course in Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement this morning on the floor of the U.S. Senate: Yesterday, the Senate held two important votes: On the Feingold Amendment, which called for transitioning the mission And on the Warner amendment, which would have required the President to certify that the Iraqi government is meeting…


Authoritative IPCC Report Confirms Existence, Consequences of Global Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established in 1988 by World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to assess scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.  The IPCC does not carry out research nor does it…


Reid Statement On Anniversary Of Brown v. Board Of Education Of Topeka

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid issued the following statement on the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka:   “Fifty-three years ago, the United States Supreme Court handed down its Brown v. the Board of Education ruling.  Their decision found racially segregated public schools unconstitutional and…


Reid: Democrats’ Fiscally Responsible Budget Cuts Taxes, Puts Working Families First

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement this afternoon on the passage of the FY 2008 budget, which passed 52-40 on a bipartisan basis: I am proud to support this budget resolution because it calls for a fundamental change in the direction of fiscal policy.  That change is more than incremental.  It’s…


A National Renewable Electricity Standard Will Increase Energy Security and Create Jobs

In order to enhance our energy security, Democrats support a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) that would require utilities to purchase 15 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources including wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal by 2020.  A national RES would promote domestically produced, clean energy; reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions; reduce energy costs…


Reid: Agreement Will Help Start Debate on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada issued the following statement in response to the bipartisan agreement on immigration reform: “I applaud the hard work of the bipartisan group of Senators who have proposed a new approach to comprehensive immigration reform.  Their agreement can serve as a starting point for the Senate debate next week.…


Senate Floor Schedule For Thursday, May 17, 2007

H.R.2206, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Conference Report to Accompany S.Con.Res.21, FY08 Budget Resolution