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Reid Statement On Republican Filibuster Of Watt And Millet Nominations

Searchlight, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today: “Republicans’ unprecedented obstruction continued today with a step that we have not seen since the Civil War, as they blocked Representative Mel Watt, a sitting member of the House of Representatives, from being confirmed to an Administration position. Minutes later, Republicans blocked a highly qualified woman, Patricia Millet,…

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Reid Remarks On Republican Obstruction Of Qualified Nominees

“Patricia Millett… has argued more than 32 cases before the highest court in the land… She is a military spouse and mother of two who argued a case before the Supreme Court while her husband… was deployed in Afghanistan… So it is truly a shame that Republicans would filibuster this exceedingly qualified nominee for unrelated…

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Reid Remarks On National Labor Relations Board Nominees

“This board is an important safeguard for workers in America – regardless of whether the employees are union or non-union. Without the work of the NLRB, employees who have been cheated and treated unfairly would have no entity to address the wrongs.”  “The Senate will consider three Democratic nominees and two Republican nominees today. Once…

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Reid Remarks On Ending Gridlock In Washington

“The President deserves to have his or her team in place.”  “It is a disturbing trend when Republicans are willing to block executive branch nominees even when they have no objection to the qualifications of the nominee. Instead, they are blocking qualified nominees to circumvent the legislative process, force wholesale changes to laws or restructure…

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Reid Floor Remarks On Violence In Syria, Republican Obstruction Of Brennan Nomination

“President Assad should understand the world is watching his every action. And we will not tolerate his unforgiveable slaughter of innocent civilians, including through the potential future use of chemical weapons.” “[John Brennan’s] extensive intelligence background and executive experience uniquely qualify him to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.” “Unfortunately, the confirmation process has focused too…

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Reid Floor Remarks On Republican Obstruction Of Qualified Nominees

“Republicans say they will not filibuster. But their actions say otherwise.” “Republicans have, again and again, injected politics into the confirmation process.” Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today regarding Republican efforts to obstruct President Obama’s highly qualified judicial and cabinet nominations Below are his remarks as prepared…

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Reid Statement On Nominations To Lead The Department Of Energy And Environmental Protection Agency

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement on the nominations of Dr. Ernie Moniz to lead the U.S. Department of Energy and Gina McCarthy to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: “President Obama’s nominations will ensure strong leadership for the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. Both Dr. Moniz…

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Reid Statement On Nomination Of Sylvia Mathews Burwell To Lead OMB

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement on the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be director of the Office of Management and Budget: “Ms. Mathews Burwell has a strong background and I am confident she will be able to deal with our nation’s budgetary challenges in a responsible way. Having…

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Reid Statement On Confirmation Of Jack Lew As Treasury Secretary

Washington, D.C.— Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Jack Lew as the nation’s Treasury Secretary. Lew is a former head of the Office of Management and Budget under President Clinton and served as President Obama’s Chief of Staff. “Jack Lew is an outstanding public servant with the experience and…

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Reid Statement On Unprecedented Republican Filibuster Of Hagel Nomination

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked the nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel to be Defense Secretary from receiving an up-or-down vote, continuing the first-ever filibuster of a Defense Secretary nominee. The vote was 58-40 with one Senator voting present: “In a time of war and threats…

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