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Day July 30, 2008

Republicans Continue to Block Progress While Democrats Try to Provide Solutions to America’s Energy Crisis

Senate Democrats are committed to solving America’s energy crisis. That is why Democrats went out of their way to address Republican concerns about the renewable energy tax credits and tax extenders bill. But despite Democratic efforts Republicans continued to block this critical legislation. Senate Republicans knew full-well that blocking this bill would put an end…

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Reid: Media Shield Law Strengthens Public Safety And National Security While Defending Press Freedom

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding the Free Flow of Information Act: “Not long ago I had a meeting with representatives with the San Francisco Chronicle.  Among those at the meeting was a sportswriter named Lance Williams.  One day, a man came…

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Under Bush Republicans, the American Dream Has Become Less Affordable for Middle-Class Families

For hard-working, middle-class families all over the country, life during the Bush presidency has grown less affordable and less secure.  President Bush’s record of fiscal incompetence and mismanagement and Senate Republicans’ close ties with special interests have helped lead to both lower wages and skyrocketing costs for basic necessities like gas, health care, and college…

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S. 2035, the Free Flow of Information Act

Summary and Background On Monday, July 28, Senate Majority Leader Reid filed a cloture motion on the motion to proceed to S.2035, the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007 (also known as the “federal media shield” or “qualified journalists’ privilege”), a bill to protect journalists from being compelled to disclose their confidential sources unless…

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Reid: Senate Should Be Wary Of Taking Advice From The President With Worst Energy Record In Generations

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to President Bush’s remarks on energy policy this morning: “For eight years President Bush has sat on his hands, doing nothing to craft a responsible energy policy while he lined his campaign coffers and his party’s with Big Oil money.  He has…

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Reid: Renewable Energy Tax Credits Will Lower Energy Prices, Create Jobs, Curb Global Warming

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding the Jobs, Energy, Families, and disaster Relief Act of 2008:  “We have heard Republicans expend a tremendous amount of words and energy talking about our national energy crisis.  Today, Democrats offer them yet another chance to…

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Reid, In Letter, Calls On McConnell To Work With Him To Organize Bipartisan Energy Summit

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sent the following letter today to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, encouraging him to join Reid in helping to organize a bipartisan summit to develop legislation that begins to solve the energy crisis.  “Given we have been unable to make progress on these measures, I think it is important…

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Twelve Times and Counting: Bush Republicans Turn Their Backs on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Senate Democrats have worked tirelessly throughout the 110th Congress to support renewable energy and energy efficiency.  We have succeeded in passing historic energy efficiency improvements for automobiles and light bulbs, significant increases in our nation’s use of biofuels, hundreds of millions of dollars of mandatory funding for advanced biofuel development, and the appropriation of $786…

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S. 2035, the Free Flow of Information Act

Summary and Background On Monday, July 28, Senate Majority Leader Reid filed a cloture motion on the motion to proceed to S.2035, the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007 (also known as the “federal media shield” or “qualified journalists’ privilege”), a bill to protect journalists from being compelled to disclose their confidential sources unless…

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Senate Floor Schedule For Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Resume motion to proceed to S.2035, Media Shield. 11:10am cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S.2035. If cloture is not invoked, the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S.3335, Tax Extenders There will be no further Roll Call Votes during today’s session. 6:25pm Senator Reid made…

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