Reid Statement On Nomination Of Robert McDonald To Be Next Secretary Of Veterans Affairs

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 »

Reid Statement On President Obama’s Immigration Announcement

Speaker Boehner has made it absolutely clear that he won’t lift a finger to fix our broken immigration system so President Obama is right to protect families from being torn apart.

Reid Statement On Supreme Court Decision Denying Women The Right To Make Their Own Health Care Decisions

“Today’s decision jeopardizes women’s access to essential health care. Employers have no business intruding in the private health care decisions women make with their doctors. This ruling ignores the scientific evidence showing that the health security of millions of American women is strengthened by access to these crucial services.

Reid Remarks On The Late Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker

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.

Reid Remarks On 365 Days Of Inaction On Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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.

Reid Remarks At Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Honoring President Shimon Peres of Israel

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.

Reid Statement On Supreme Court Decision In National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning

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.

Reid Remarks On The Bipartisan Workforce Innovation And Opportunity Act

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.