Reid Statement On House Introduction Of Constitutional Amendment Taking Dark Money Out Of Politics

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement today after House Democrats introduced a Constitutional amendment in the House of Representatives to get dark money out of our nation’s politics: “This amendment is about restoring the Constitutional principle of one American, one vote.  It’s hard to fathom why Republicans in Congress continue to defend the status quo. The flood of dark money into our political system is a grave threat to our democracy. I stand with House Democrats, and the American people, in rejecting the notion that money should give the Koch brothers, corporations or special interest groups a greater voice in government than American voters.”

Reid Statement On The Confirmation Of Cheryl LaFleur and Norman Bay to Serve On The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement today after the Senate confirmed Cheryl LaFleur and Norman Bay to be members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. “I am pleased the Senate confirmed both Cheryl LaFleur and Norman Bay to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  These nominations are very importantand hold significant consequences.  Cheryl LaFleur will continue to serve as Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for nine months.  Following those nine months, Norman Bay will then assume the position of FERC Chairman. “Throughout Norman Bay’s tenure at FERC he has skillfully improved his department’s transparency and effectiveness and has successfully cracked down on energy market manipulation.  Mr. Bay has shown that he is… Read more »

Reid Remarks On House Republicans’ Politically-Motivated Lawsuit

At long last the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives has made a decision on its lawsuit against President Obama. For weeks, House Republicans have been broadcasting their intention to sue the President of the United States – they just didn’t know why. Now, after much thought and deliberation, they know why they’re suing: Obamacare.

Reid Statement On Administration’s Mid-Session Budget Review

“Although this is good news, we could reduce the deficit by about another trillion dollars if Speaker Boehner acted on the Senate-passed immigration reform legislation that has been sitting on his desk for over a year. But instead of acting to reduce our deficit and create jobs, Speaker Boehner and House Republicans are suing the President. This disgraceful stunt is a waste of the American taxpayers’ time and money.

Reid Statement On Confirmation Of Shaun Donovan As Director Of The Office Of Management And Budget

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement today after the Senate confirmed Secretary Shaun Donovan to be the next Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by a vote of 75 to 22:  “Shaun Donovan has spent his career as an effective and vocal advocate on behalf of ensuring access to safe and affordable housing for Americans. As Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary Donovan worked to stabilize the foreclosure crisis in America and ensured that HUD maintained its commitment to building strong, sustainable, inclusive neighborhoods. As part of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, Shaun worked tirelessly to rebuild areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. I look forward to seeing… Read more »

Reid Statement On Recent Rocket Attacks Against Israel

“I’m proud to stand with Israel in condemning the rocket attacks being carried out indiscriminately against Israelis by Hamas. Israelis must know that the United States stands with them. It is at the times of greatest challenge that we must reaffirm America’s unshakeable bond with Israel and our strong support for the security and safety of its people.”

Reid Remarks Following Senate Republican Filibuster Of The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act

For those students that are out there trying to learn what goes on in the Senate, and for those professors who teach what goes on in the Senate, this is not totally new but it’s in the category of being fairly new. This is an example of Republicans filibustering not one of our bills, but their own bill. How about that? Twenty-six Republican cosponsors and they filibustered their own bill. We have asked on a number of occasions what we’ve done around this body for decades, you come up with a list of amendments and we’ll work through those amendments. You know why we don’t do that anymore? The Republicans can’t agree among themselves what they want as amendments. They can’t come up with a list. They’re so tangled up with the tea party here, the tea party there, the people running for President. You know, they can’t decide on a list of amendments to bring before the body.