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Statement by Senator Harry Reid on Republicans Obstructing Unemployment Insurance Extension

Washington, D.C. –  Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today: “Republicans owe an apology to the more than one million Americans whose unemployment insurance will expire due to Republican gridlock and obstruction. In the past, Democrats and Republicans have worked together to extend unemployment insurance for those still looking for work. Sadly, Republicans have now decided…


Reid Remarks On The Defense Authorization Bill, Nominations

“For more than 50 years in a row the United States Senate has passed the National Defense Authorization Act. This year will not be the exception. This tradition indicates the respect and gratitude with which the members of this institution regard the members of our military.”  “The Senate will finish its work – our constitutional…


Reid Remarks on the Budget, Essential Nominees

“When Republicans closed the federal government for business in October it cost… the economy 120,000 private sector jobs in the first two weeks of October alone. But the agreement the Senate is considering today will help us avoid another costly shutdown.” “I was also troubled to hear the Republican Leader say that the nominations we…


Reid Remarks on the Schedule

“Last week was difficult for the entire Senate community. When cooperation is lacking, as it was last week, completing the business before this body becomes much more difficult.” “This week, the Senate has just as much to achieve as it did last week.  And without collaboration we will face another daunting vote schedule. But I…


Reid Remarks On The Anniversary Of The Newtown School Shooting

“They were six and seven years old. But although their years were few, the lives they touched are many.” “I am proud of how hard my caucus fought this year to pass safeguards that would keep guns out of the hands of felons and people with severe mental illnesses. I am proud of my vote…


Reid Remarks On The Budget Agreement

“I congratulate the budget negotiators on reaching an agreement yesterday to roll back the painful and arbitrary cuts of the sequester and prevent another dangerous government shutdown in the New Year.” “Neither side got everything it wanted in these negotiations… That is why I will push for an extension of unemployment insurance, as well as…


Reid Statement On November Jobs Report

Reno, NV— Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement after the Labor Department reported that the economy added 203,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.0 percent, the lowest in five years. The figures for October were also revised up, showing a gain of 200,000 jobs: “As our economy continues to gather…


Reid Statement On The Passing Of Nelson Mandela

Reno, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today on the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela: “My thoughts are with Nelson Mandela’s family and with the people of South Africa during this difficult time. As both the emancipator of a people and the founder of a modern democracy, Mandela…


Reid Remarks On Changing The Senate Rules

“In the history of the Republic, there have been 168 filibusters of executive and judicial nominations. Half of them have occurred during the Obama Administration – during the last four and a half years. These nominees deserve at least an up-or-down vote.” “This gridlock has consequences. Terrible consequences. It is not only bad for President…


Reid Remarks On Iran Sanctions

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid delivered the following statement on the Senate Floor regarding Iran sanctions: Mr. President, I am a strong supporter of our Iran sanctions regime and believe that the current sanctions have brought Iran to the negotiating table. I believe we must do everything possible to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons capability, which would…