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Day May 11, 2011

Reid Statement On President’s Nomination Of Mark Wetjen To Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Washington, D.C.—Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement on counselor and senior policy advisor Mark Wetjen’s nomination by President Obama to be commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission: “Mark Wetjen’s successful career as a lawyer in Nevada coupled with his enormous intellect would have allowed him to do anything and go anywhere. Yet…


Democrats Urge Oil CEOs To Admit They No Longer Need Taxpayer-Funded Handouts

Senators Release Letter On Eve Of Major Senate Hearing Where Heads Of Five Largest Oil Companies Will Testify Money Saved By Revoking Wasteful Giveaways Would Reduce Deficit Washington, DC—Today Democrats sent a letter to the CEOs of the Big Five oil companies urging them to admit in Senate hearings tomorrow that they no longer need…


In Letter, Reid And Menendez Urge Senate Republicans To Cosponsor Legislation To Bring Down Deficit By Ending Wasteful Handouts To Big Oil Companies

Letter Calls On Republicans To Join Effort To Close Tax Loopholes And End Unneeded Subsidies For Big Oil Companies Raking In Record Profits While Hiking Prices Money Saved Would Reduce The Deficit By Tens of Billions Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid and New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez today sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to Senate Republicans asking them to…


Reviews Are In on Boehner’s Debt Ceiling Speech… (And They Aren’t Pretty)

‘Incoherent’ … ‘Impervious to Facts’… ‘Devoid’ of ‘Accurate Diagnosis’ of Debt Problem …’Makes No Economic Sense’ STATEMENT FROM SENATOR CHARLES E. SCHUMER: “The Speaker is entitled to his own opinions about how to reduce our debt, but not his own facts. We will never cure what ails our economy if the Republicans keep misdiagnosing the…


Reid: We Must Keep Independent Agencies Independent, Allow Them To Operate Freely And Without Political Pressure

Washington, D.C.–Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following remarks today regarding the National Labor Relations Board. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “In a partisan environment, there is the temptation turn every issue into a political issue.  We certainly live in one of those environments. “That’s regrettable, but far from unfamiliar.  Politics play…


Senate Floor Schedule For Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for debate only with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each, with the first hour equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees, with the Republicans controlling the first 30 minutes and the Majority…