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Senate Democrats Are On Your Side: Standing Up to Special Interests to Defend Fair and Transparent Elections

In January, the Supreme Court, in a closely divided 5-4 decision, disregarded settled law by ruling that corporations are permitted to spend unlimited amounts of money on elections.  The ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission overturned long-standing law and precedent that had restricted political expenditures by corporations.  This alarming ruling was a decision…


Acting on Oil Spill Accountability and Clean Energy Legislation

In early June, Senator Reid asked a number of Senate committees to provide recommendations or to report legislation that would not only address the ongoing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and reduce the risks of such a catastrophe happening again, but also move forward rapidly on a safer, cleaner and more secure energy policy. …


Reid Statement Following President Obama’s Immigration Speech

Washington, D.C.—Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today in reaction to President Obama’s speech on the need for comprehensive immigration reform:   “President Obama’s speech today laid out the reasons why a comprehensive, bipartisan solution to our immigration challenges will protect our economic and national security.  I remain committed to passing a bill…


Whose Side Are They On: Republicans Refuse to Help Small Businesses Create Jobs and Unemployed Americans Find Work

Since March, Senate Democrats spent eight weeks leading the effort to pass a bill that would create jobs and cut taxes.  We have gone back and forth countless times, considering ideas, and compromising where necessary in order to gain backing from Republicans in the Senate.  We tried to bring the bill to the Senate floor…


On Your Side: Senate Democrats and Solicitor General Elena Kagan Understand the Practical Impact of the Law on Hardworking Americans

In May, President Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to succeed Justice John Paul Stevens as the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Solicitor General Kagan is widely-regarded as one of the nation’s leading legal scholars.  A lifetime of public service and legal experience, including as a professor and Dean at one of…


On Your Side: Ensuring an Effective Response and Demanding Accountability for the BP Oil Spill

Residents of the Gulf Coast have had their lives and livelihoods upended by the BP oil spill, with damages to the environment potentially lasting for generations.  Senate Democrats have taken initial steps to help address this catastrophe and provide immediate relief to Gulf Coast communities and businesses.  Moving forward, we are committed to a full…


Implementing Health Reform that Works for Middle-Class Americans

Earlier this year, Congress passed and the President signed landmark health insurance reform legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (P.L. 111-152), and Americans are already experiencing the benefits.  These two laws put control over health care decisions in the hands of the American…