Love or loathe him, Reid played a big role in changing the way the Democratic Party treats immigration politically. And early indications are he’ll back a successor candidate who would be the first Latina senator.
The retiring Nevada senator and minority leader wielded incredible influence over the last decade — and helped tear up the rules.
“My life’s work has been to make Nevada and our nation better,” he said.
It’s budget week in America: an insanely busy week of political, unlikely-to-pass votes. Here’s your preview of 2016’s TV ads.
Steve Phillips says Reid endorsing a fellow Democrat in leadership neglects black candidates like Donna Edwards and Ben Jealous who are considering a run. “That’s how you perpetuate an unequal status quo,” he tells BuzzFeed News.
Reid said he’s “doing fine” after his accident earlier this month, and added that he still intends to run for re-election in 2016.
Doing what Mitch McConnell did: keep his caucus united for two years and cause big problems for the party in control. It looks like Reid is doing exactly what he did in 2005.
Senators reached a deal and were expected to vote on the bill early Sunday morning.
“I’m opposed to what the House is trying to do,” Reid said. Reid noted if the House includes a rider to halt D.C.’s law, it could be hard to remove.
But noted President Obama has a big trump card: veto.
The political odd couple’s proposal is picking up support, sources say, and supporters expect a Reid-Paul bill within two weeks.
“The whole deal, is it Friday or Saturday? What difference does it make? What difference does it make?”
Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp was speaking to Newsmax TV Wednesday where he said Democratic Sen. Harry Reid was attempting to fan the “flames of hatred, jealousy, and greed” when speaking of the Koch Brothers and Mitt Romney.
“Trying to make the Koch brothers into that red meat is going to be about as effective as what we tried to do for several cycles with George Soros,” Republican pollster Ed Goeas said.
Koch is pronounced like “coke,” which is a reference to “cocaine,” which Merriam-Webster defines as “a bitter crystalline alkaloid C17H21NO4 obtained from coca leaves that is used especially in the form of its hydrochloride medically as a topical anesthetic and illicitly for its euphoric effects and that may result in a compulsive psychological need.” The Senate majority leader continues his war on the Republican mega donors Charles and David Koch.
“Is unemployment insurance going to turn an election? No. But it’s helping drive the conversation away from Obamacare,” one national Democrat said.
“We’re going to wait and see how this plays out,” Reid says. Many Democrats aren’t saying how they’d vote.
Harry Reid went nuclear today. What does that actually mean?
Update: A major rules change in the Senate today, with support from 52 Democrats. Republicans accuse Democrats of creating a “fake fight.”
On a 64-32 vote, the Senate sends the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to the House, where Speaker John Boehner opposes the legislation. “I think it’s important for the Senate as an institution,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says of Thursday’s vote.
“We’d like to have as broad a coalition as possible in order to create as much momentum as possible for the House to say, ‘Well, this really does merit taking this up,’” Sen. Jeff Merkley says of his efforts to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pushes House to act after expected Senate passage Thursday.
Coming vote will be the first time Senate has voted on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act since 1996. Seven Republicans joined 54 Senate Democrats in the 61-30 vote to prevent any filibuster of the bill.
UPDATE: Harry Reid dropped the bomb. Maybe you heard about filibustering in the Senate and the threat of a “nuclear option,” and maybe you’re still a little bit confused about what it all means. Sit back and let the cast of Mean Girls walk you through the finer points.
Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to move on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act tonight, a Democratic leadership aide says. Update: Reid filed the cloture petition Thursday night.
“Leader Reid informed Leader McConnell that the Senate will consider ENDA next week,” a Human Rights Campaign spokesman says.
Sen. Paul said he will hold Janet Yellen’s nomination for chairman of the Federal Reserve until the Senate votes on the Federal Transparency Act.
And his academic record. “He’s a very big man, physically.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to announce the coming floor consideration of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Monday, his office says.