Raoul Wallenberg fought for thousands upon thousands of Hungarian Jews, whose predetermined fate he refused to accept. It was his audacity and courage which led him to create the “Schutzpass,” the Swedish protective passport that Wallenberg and his team disbursed to Jews in Budapest. Wallenberg had the audacity and the courage to purchase safe houses for Jewish refugees, labeling the buildings as “Swedish territory,” and draping the windows with Swedish flags. Wallenberg had the audacity and the courage to dress young, blond, Jewish Hungarians in Nazi uniforms, stationing them outside of protective shelters, effectively marking those safe houses ‘off limits’ to the Germans and their sympathizers.
Tommy Lasorda’s tirades were intended to divert attention away from his team, especially if they were losing. And he put on a show. He was famous for kicking dirt, bumping chests and cursing loudly, and he would inevitably get ejected from the game. But it was a gimmick – a distraction meant to sidetrack one side and rally the other.
House Republicans are trying a similar tactic by threatening to bring suit against the President of the United States. Republicans are searching desperately for something – anything – to keep the radicals within their own party happy, while diverting the American people’s attention away from their own inaction.
I am pleased the Senate confirmed Julián Castro to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
It’s no secret that the Senate, as of late, has been beset by partisan rancor and obstructionism. That is why the legislation that is before us today represents rare opportunity for the Senate – a chance for this body to complete work on a bill that enjoys broad bipartisan support.
Nevada Senator Harry Reid met with Julián Castro, nominee to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, yesterday to discuss Nevada’s housing market and ways in which the lives of struggling homeowners in the Silver State can be improved. Senator Reid stressed that while many states have fully recovered from the housing crisis, those hardest hit states, like Nevada, still have a long way to go. Reid emphasized to Castro the importance of providing continued housing assistance to those who need it.
A lot of young people may not understand what I’m talking about when I mention an emergency brake or a parking brake on a car. It used to be standard procedure to engage the parking brake anytime the car was parked. When ready to drive you would remember to release it before you took off. But sometimes you would forget, and that car would still go forward, but it didn’t go forward very well. In fact it could start smoking.
Today’s employment report is very good news. The jobs numbers released today reflect the 52nd straight month of private sector job growth. But while it is encouraging that our economy continues to strengthen, there are still too many middle class Nevadans and Americans struggling to make ends meet. Democrats have proposed common sense policies to give Americans the fair shot they deserve. Now it is time for my Republican colleagues to step up, help the middle class, and pass these important measures.
“This is terrific news for Northern Nevada,” said Senator Reid. “Nevada’s youth deserve to have a safe place to turn should their home—or lack thereof—not provide such experiences…
Today I express my deepest condolences for the families of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel, who held Israeli- American citizenship.
Las Vegas, Nevada– Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today on President Obama’s decision to nominate Robert McDonald to be the next Veterans Affairs Secretary: “I commend President Obama’s choice of Robert McDonald to be the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs. I am confident in the leadership of Mr. McDonald. Robert McDonald is a respected graduate of West Point. Additionally, through his tenure as CEO of Proctor and Gamble he proved to be a respected business leader. Despite Mr. McDonald’s credentials, we must not forget how deep the problems at the VA are. “One leadership change at the Department of Veterans Affairs will not solve the systemic problems within the VA. I continue to be deeply concerned by… Read more »