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Reid, Mccain, Cowan And King Introduce Legislation To Pardon Boxing Legend Jack Johnson

Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), John McCain (R-AZ), William “Mo” Cowan (D-MA) and U.S. Representative Peter King (R-NY) today introduced a resolution to pardon the first African American heavyweight boxing champion, John Arthur “Jack” Johnson. The legislation calls on the President to posthumously pardon the boxing legend, who was wronged with a racially…

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Reid Files Amicus Brief With Supreme Court To End Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today issued the following statement after filing an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court arguing that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Section 3 of DOMA prohibits the federal government from recognizing for purposes of federal law same-sex marriages performed in…

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Reid Statement On Disabilities Treaty

Washington, D.C.—Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked a treaty to strengthen the rights of people with disabilities around the world. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was modeled on U.S. law, considered the gold standard on equal opportunity laws for the disabled. It failed by a…

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Reid: To Expand Disability Rights Across The Globe, U.S. Must Continue To Lead By Example

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today recognizing the achievements of former Senator Bob Dole and advocating ratification of the Disabilities Convention. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: On April 14, 1945, a young Robert Dole lay gravely wounded in the mud of a war-torn Italian hillside,…

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Reid On Department Of Justice Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Washington, DC – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid issued the following statement after the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division announced it will file a lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for civil rights violations and racial profiling. The Department of Justice found reasonable cause to believe that Arpaio’s office has engaged in a pattern…

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Reid Statement On Marriage Equality

Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid issued the following statement today following President Obama’s announcement of support for marriage equality. “My personal belief is that marriage is between a man and a woman. But in a civil society, I believe that people should be able to marry whomever they want, and it’s no…

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Reid Remarks In Remembrance Of Bloody Sunday, Civil Rights Movement

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following remarks on the Senate floor supporting civil rights for all Americans. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: Forty-seven years ago today, a group of 600 freedom-loving men and women set out on a march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, calling for an end…

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Reid Statement On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Today we remember Dr. King, a great American leader who worked tirelessly for a better world and a just nation. He fought with all his might to change the status quo, to prove we could become a…

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Reid On DOJ’s Findings Of Civil Rights Violations By Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Department

Washington, D.C.–Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement after the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division issued a report outlining a series of systematic civil rights violations by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona. The department is headed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio: “I commend Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez and the Obama administration…

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Reid Co-Sponsors Bill to Ban Law Enforcement Use of Racial Profiling

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced he is co-sponsoring a bill by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) to ban law enforcement from using racial profiling in Nevada and around the country. The End Racial Profiling Act of 2011(ERPA) is designed to enforce the constitutional right of equal protection under the law by eliminating…

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