“Another day has passed, and the vast majority of Republican Senators still stand in the way of extended unemployment benefits. But I understand that some Republican Senators are having productive conversations about possible offsets for a full-year extension of unemployment insurance benefits.
“Today, Nevada’s greatest baseball hero – in fact, one of the greatest baseball heroes, not of Nevada, but of all time – was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Greg Maddux is an extremely nice man, a man of humility.
“Yesterday’s vote to advance a measure that would extend a lifeline to Americans who lost their jobs during the Great Recession was a positive development. But we are a long way from restoring benefits to 1.3 million people who have been looking for work for months. The few Republicans willing to even debate this measure have already threatened to vote against even a short-term extension unless it is fully paid for.
Over the last 45 months America’s private sector has added more than 8 million jobs. The stock market is booming and even the housing market is starting to show signs of life. It is clear that the economy is finally picking up steam.
“Welcome back. I am optimistic that the New Year will bring a renewed spirit of cooperation to this chamber.
Last year, the United States Senate passed a number of momentous pieces of legislation, including comprehensive immigration reform, a budget agreement and a bill to prevent workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. But there is also a great deal left undone.
“This is wonderful news for Nevada that creates a huge opportunity for our economy…
Senator Reid has been released from the hospital and is back at home with his wife, Landra.
“The possible listing of the Greater sage-grouse as an endangered species will have major ramifications on rural life and the economies in Nevada and throughout the west…
“Nevada, and the nation, are showing signs of economic improvement—and this is good news. However, Nevada still has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, and we must do everything we can to create opportunities for job growth…
Early this morning, Senator Reid was not feeling well and as a precaution decided to go to the hospital. Tests have been conducted and everything is normal.