Reid Remarks At Congressional Gold Medal Commemoration Of The 50th Anniversary Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964

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.

Reid Remarks On The McConnell Rule

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.

Reid Statement on May Employment Report

“Today’s report shows that Nevada is on the right track toward a full economic recovery…

Reid Statement On President Obama’s Iraq Announcement

What is going on in Iraq right now is an Iraqi civil war and is ultimately something Iraqis must resolve for themselves. But to help Iraqis contain the current violence and protect our national security interests, I support President Obama’s decision to deploy a very limited number of advisers to Iraq for a non-combat training mission. This decision gives America the flexibility to take precise action against threats to our national security and keeps Iraqi authorities accountable for maintaining the security of their own country.

Reid Remarks On Juneteenth

Today we celebrate Juneteenth. For those who aren’t familiar with the holiday, today marks the 149th anniversary of the emancipation of the slaves in Galveston, Texas. Nearly 2 ½ years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect, and over 2 months since General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, the slaves of Galveston had still not been freed.Union General Gordon Granger and his troops arrived at Galveston in order to right this grievous wrong. General Granger addressed the entire city, declaring all slaves in Texas to be free, and granting them “an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property.”

Reid Remarks On The Cult Of Koch

At their twice-yearly, secret donor retreat, Charles and David Koch raise millions of dollars they then use to pursue their radical agenda. This year’s conference was especially important to the Koch brothers, as they coordinate efforts to spend $300 million in dictating this year’s elections.

Reid Remarks On Violence In Iraq

Over the past several days, the world has watched in horror as the terrorist organization ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has swept across Iraq, murdering and pillaging. The group is now positioned outside of Baghdad, and threatens to unleash its violent extremism on the Iraqi capital. There is no question that ISIS poses a real threat to Iraq and the surrounding region.