The United States Senate has lost a member of its family, Tennessean Howard Baker. We know of his long distinguished career in the Senate. He served three terms in the Senate, he served as Minority Leader, and ended his career as Majority Leader. He was an earnest man, who worked with any and all members of this body in passing legislation good for America.
The late comedian Leslie Nielsen once said, “Doing nothing is very hard to do…you never know when you’re finished.” Perhaps that is the case with the Republican-controlled House of Representatives – they just don’t know when to finish doing nothing on immigration reform. Today marks the 365th day that the Tea Party-driven House of Representatives has sat on its hands, refusing to fix our broken immigration system. The Senate was able to pass immigration reform 52 weeks ago, because both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate understood the urgent need to mend our nation’s immigration laws. Yet, for 12 months, radical Republicans in the House have refused to address the real issues affecting the American immigration system, instead of obsessing over the President’s deportation policies.
Today we are gathered to honor a man who has dedicated his entire life to making the world a better place.The last time I led a group from the Senate on a Congressional Delegation trip to Israel, I told those Senators with me that on that trip they would meet the most inspirational public servant I had ever encountered during my time in office. That man was Shimon Peres.
Since President Obama took office, Senate Republicans have done everything possible to deny qualified nominees from receiving a fair up-or-down vote. President Obama did the right thing when he made these appointments on behalf of American workers. The National Labor Relations Board had ceased to function due to Senate Republican obstruction of these three qualified nominees, threatening the livelihood and safety of working men and women throughout the country.
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This afternoon the Senate will consider the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. While the unemployment rate has steadily declined since the recession, and more than nine million private sector jobs have been created, too many Americans are still unemployed or lack the tools necessary to compete for today’s jobs.That is why this legislation, which updates and streamlines our nation’s job training and local workforce development programs, is so vital.
Today, we gather to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. There are many people in this very building who fought hard to overcome every obstacle in passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the Senate, Democratic Majority Leader Mike Mansfield and his Floor Manager, Senator Hubert Humphrey, worked across party lines with Republican Leader Everett Dirksen and Republican whip Thomas Kuchel, overcoming every attempt to stop the bill.
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Last week we tried, unsuccessfully, to consider three very important appropriations bills. These three bills are significant because they provide our government with the resources it needs to serve the American people. Given the importance of appropriations legislation and the need to keep our government operating, I hoped that we would have a cooperative amendment process and participation from all Senators. Our vote last Tuesday on the motion to proceed was promising, as 95 Senators voted to move forward on these three important bills.
Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today on the Department of Justice’s review of the implementation of the United States v. Windsor Supreme Court decision striking down section three of the Defense of Marriage Act