January 19th, 2010
10:00 PM ET
8 years ago

Reid: 'We welcome Scott Brown to the Senate'

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Reid issued the following statement Tuesday night:

“The people of Massachusetts have spoken. We welcome Scott Brown to the Senate and will move to seat him as soon as the proper paperwork has been received. I want thank Senator Paul Kirk for his tremendous service over the last few months. His service to the people of Massachusetts in the place of his friend, Senator Ted Kennedy, was brief but honorable.

“While Senator-elect Brown’s victory changes the political math in the Senate, we remain committed to strengthening our economy, creating good paying jobs and ensuring all Americans can access affordable health care. We hope that Scott Brown will join us in these efforts. There is much work to do to address the problems Democrats inherited last year, and we plan to move full speed ahead.

“Regardless of the size of their minority caucus, Senate Republicans have always had an obligation to join us in governing our nation through these difficult times. Today’s election doesn’t change that; In fact it is now more important than before for Republicans to work with us rather than against us if we are to find common ground that improves Americans’ lives.”

Filed under: Harry Reid • Massachusetts • Scott Brown
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. GP

    Changes the math? The dems didn't need any help from the repubs in sabotaging their own agenda.

    One year in power and with a obstructionist party, the dems have been unable to make much progress. It took over eight years of unbridled spending and economic devastation to bring the nation to its current state.

    The repubs brought ruination upon us and blame the dems for failing to clean it up in less than 12 months.

    January 19, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  2. Not gonna get posted again

    Wow. I actually thought that Reid was going to be a good sport...until I read "the problems Democrats inherited last year". Seriously, Seriously? Are we expected to believe that bull. Dems had control in 2006. I feel awful that I voted to keep one in office then.
    I hope that any senator who votes against what their constituents want needs to go and quickly whether they are red blue or green.

    January 19, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  3. Mike

    Harry, it is not the republicans who spoke about their disappointment in how the government has taken the wrong turn and approach. It is the people of Massachussetts acting on behalf of the American people as a whole. Your agendas have placed emphasis in the wrong priorities and we are not going to stand for it any more. It is time for the checks and balances the founding fathers intended to finally happen in this presidency and the voice of the people will be heard. Regardless of party lines...we have spoken. Now listen up!

    January 19, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  4. obama the liar

    I would like to applaud Harry Reid and Nancy PeLIEsi for the victory they handed Scott Brown, well done and now to work on the other Democraps.

    January 19, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  5. Mr Right

    But not until we CRAM this idiotic wast of taxpayer $$$ Healthcare bill down your throats. que crazy laugh HA HA HA

    January 19, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  6. scott whitehill

    .. Mr. Reid.. the American people are watching you closely. You will need to seed Sen. Brown asap, or your seat will be in even more danger than it already is. Trust me...

    January 19, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  7. phoenix86

    Now watch for Reid, Pelosi and Obama to ram this health care tax-borrow-and spend debacle before Brown is even sworn in.

    Mass. was the first. Get ready for November. 10 more months of the Pelosi Presidency.

    January 19, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  8. josiah

    way to go Obama – real great – someone or many should be fired for their lack of creativity and foresight in predicting this – if this is how Boma runs his ship then they deserve to lose the majority – I'm a Democrat and I'm sick of the LAME, weak, and pathetic way Democrats are conducting themselves and the people's business – way too busy playing crap politics and blustering form an incoherent mob of idiots – do you realize what your slack attitudes and vision have just allowed to happen – really OBAMA – where is the CHANGE – you ain't done nothin!

    January 19, 2010 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  9. ForThePeople

    Senator Reid says that "Republicans have always had an obligation to join us in governing our nation through these difficult times" and then closes the doors to them?

    So does that mean Reid will finally open those doors and actually do the job of a facilitating open debates in an open forum? If he's smart and sees what has taken place in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, maybe he will. But I'm not holding my breath.

    2010 is looking to be a great year for the citizens of this nation who deserve integrity from their elected officials.

    January 19, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  10. porchhound

    Reid warns republicans to cooperate when he has conducted all of his healthcare business with them and the American people locked out? What a moron...bye bye Harry

    January 19, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  11. K

    Its interesting that Reid throws in that "Digg" about the Republicans not working with the Dems. I think that the Repubs wanted to work with the Dems, but the Dems saw that they can "Bulldoze" their way through anything with the "Super Majority".

    It will be interesting to see what happens now.

    An independent voter

    January 19, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  12. Candid

    Hmmm,where are all the cool aid drinkers.Cnn,its time to start the spin.Keith Olbermann and Chrissy mathews are all on suicide watch.Chrissy already gone back to the gin bottles.

    January 19, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  13. Mike

    there we go again...it's not the Democrats fault...all the problems "we inherited last year" I believe Dems have been in control of Congress since 2006...four years ago. And I wonder what all this propaganda is about republicans "standing in the way of important legislation". Harry, you had a supermajority in the Senate and had to bribe your fellow democrats to get legislation passed....same thing for Nancy in the House. You don't need the republicans to "stand in the way" , because the non ultra-left wing democrats are not with you. Enough..take responsibility for what you've done to the country and stop blaming others as your excuse for running the country into the hands of the Chinese banks

    January 19, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  14. Jason

    Stop complaining about the problems you "inherited" and start taking some responsibilty for your own actions. Democrats ruled Congress while Bush was president – you are just as much to blame, Senator Reid! And it was YOU – not the GOP – who hid (from the public and C-SPAN) behind closed doors for health care reform deliberations! You should be embarrassed by your actions. God bless the USA!

    January 19, 2010 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    We hope that Scott Brown will join us in these efforts.
    This sounds like you are inviting a Republican to join in your discussions about how to do the Senate's business. Apparently you are hearing now the American public loudly telling you to do just that. Hopefully you are listening. Many Democratic Senators are now forced to listen while they still have a chance.

    January 19, 2010 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  16. dog bite it

    Dear Senator Ried.
    If you look at what you inherited and compare it to the mass distruction of public trust you have created in closed door politics/ And take a look at what you are leaving behind/ Then you will know that we were better of then with more employment, lower debt and on and on.
    Any way Harry you will soon be history also.

    January 19, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  17. Meidy

    Reid is a complete idiot......

    January 19, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  18. Mike

    CHANGE IS COMING and Senator Brown is just the beginning. I wonder if chris matthews feels a tingle down his leg or is he now peeing down his leg.

    January 20, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  19. terry,va

    Take a deep breathe Harry. You know who is next. YOU>>>>YOU>>>YOU.

    January 20, 2010 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  20. Mary in NV

    Reid is so out of touch – and so out of his position in 2010. He has not been honorable to Nevadans or the American people. He has not been accessible or reasonable to Republicans who would like to have a voice, for that reason – being shut out of every meeting – they are finding much more support.

    January 20, 2010 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  21. JMikey54

    Harry reid's statemnet was as well said as any I have heard. I hope that Scott Brown can be asset to the senate and not just another NO voice.

    January 20, 2010 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  22. alaska1125

    Wake up and smell the coffee Mr. Reid. You pushed too hard and too fast. Mainstream America is not behind the push for socialized medicine. Ah well...you'll probably figure that out when you lose your Senate seat by a mile.

    January 20, 2010 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  23. PL

    "....in fact it is now more important than before for Republicans to work with us rather than against us if we are to find common ground that improves Americans’ lives.”
    What is Reid talking about?

    January 20, 2010 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  24. hoang

    I am an independent and a minority. I am disappointed by statements made by Senator Reid and senator Hoyer.
    Senator Reid said "there is much work to do to address the problems Democrats inherited last year..." Democrats have been a majority in congress since 2006. Democrats inherited problems last year from whom? We elect congress member to solve problems, please stop blaming.
    Senator Hoyer said: "Senate bill 'clearly better than nothing'". Tax payers expect their money be spent wisely and in most effective way. We don't need to spend hundress of billions dollars of tax payers because "it's better than nothing". That is not the CHANGE we need.
    For the health care reform, I agree with Senator Webb that the congress should wait until elect senator Brown is seated.

    January 20, 2010 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  25. mavcal

    Briown wins and Reid will lose. You can't shove grandiose agendas down people's throats without having it puked right back up. That's why Brown won.

    January 20, 2010 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
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