Reid delays action on minimum wage
February 25th, 2014
08:27 PM ET
2 months ago

Reid delays action on minimum wage

Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday delayed action for a few weeks on a bill to increase the minimum wage, a top political and policy priority of the White House and congressional Democrats this election year.

Reid blamed the delay on Republican “obstruction” that he said has clogged up the Senate calendar.

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Filed under: Harry Reid • Minimum wage
Kerry, Hagel rebuke Reid on fast-track trade bill
February 1st, 2014
03:45 PM ET
3 months ago

Kerry, Hagel rebuke Reid on fast-track trade bill

(CNN) - Even old friends have occasional disagreements.

In a rare joint appearance at the Munich Security Conference, Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel dismissed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's opposition to renewing fast-track trade authority and predicted that the bill will ultimately pass in spite of Reid's opposition.

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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • European Union • Harry Reid • John Kerry • Trade
Reid puts fast-track trade bill on slow track
January 29th, 2014
05:37 PM ET
3 months ago

Reid puts fast-track trade bill on slow track

Washington (CNN) – Despite a nudge from President Barack Obama during his State of the Union address for Congress to renew fast-track trade authority, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday he is unlikely to consider a bill anytime soon.

“I’m against fast-track,” said the powerful Democrat who controls which bills get to the Senate floor. “I think everyone would be well-advised not to push this right now.”

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Filed under: Harry Reid • Trade
January 29th, 2014
12:44 PM ET
3 months ago

Is Obama toxic to Democrats facing tough re-elections?

Washington (CNN) - When it comes to the 2014 midterm elections, Harry Reid and Mark Begich don't appear to be on the same page.

Reid, the Senate majority leader and Democrat from Nevada, says "Barack Obama is personally a very popular guy."

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Filed under: 2014 • Harry Reid • Mark Begich • Mark Udall • President Obama
January 28th, 2014
07:00 PM ET
3 months ago

Reid will allow vote on Democratic-backed Obamacare changes

Washington (CNN) – In a nod to vulnerable Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2014, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that he will allow the Senate to vote on some Democratic proposals to change Obamacare.

In an exclusive interview with CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash, Reid said he is meeting with Democrats who have suggestions about altering Obamacare and hopes to bring their changes to the Senate floor for a vote.
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Filed under: 2014 • Harry Reid • President Obama
January 28th, 2014
01:39 PM ET
3 months ago

Reid says vulnerable Democrats should not run away from Obama

Updated 2:09 p.m. ET, 1/28/2014

Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid embraced President Barack Obama's standing in an exclusive interview with CNN on Tuesday, stating that he encourages vulnerable Senate Democrats running for re-election in 2014 to invite the President to campaign with them even in states where he is unpopular.

Reid's exclusive comments to CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash come just hours ahead of the President's State of the Union address on Tuesday night and months ahead the 2014 midterm elections, where Democrats will fight to keep the majority in the Senate.
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Filed under: 2014 • Democrats • Harry Reid • President Obama
Gates: Reid called me about being Obama's running mate in 2008
Bob Gates and Harry Reid in 2006.
January 9th, 2014
10:40 AM ET
3 months ago

Gates: Reid called me about being Obama's running mate in 2008

(CNN) - Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid called then-Defense Secretary Bob Gates in 2008 to say he was considering Gates as a potential running mate for Barack Obama, according to the ex-Pentagon chief's new memoir.

In an exchange recounted on page 262 of the book, "Duty," Reid quizzed Gates on the phone about his political history. Gates was appointed Defense Secretary by former President George W. Bush in 2006 and remained at his post as part of Obama's team of rivals.
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Filed under: 2008 Election • Harry Reid • President Obama • Robert Gates
Fact check: Reid overstates claim on emergency spending offsets
January 7th, 2014
02:43 PM ET
3 months ago

Fact check: Reid overstates claim on emergency spending offsets

(CNN) – As Congress debates a proposed $6.4 billion package extending unemployment insurance benefits for another three months, Democratic and Republican leaders continue to argue over whether the additional spending should be offset by spending cuts elsewhere in the federal budget.

On Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told CNN that Congress has "never offset emergency spending."

"That's foolishness," he declared.
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Filed under: Congress • Harry Reid
Reid blames Republican 'foolishness' for benefits gap
January 5th, 2014
01:07 PM ET
4 months ago

Reid blames Republican 'foolishness' for benefits gap

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Sunday that, while he's hopeful an extension of unemployment benefits will pass the Senate, he railed against Republicans for refusing to pass the measure without offsets, lambasting the GOP for isolating Americans "desperate" and out of work.

"We have never offset emergency spending. That's foolishness," Reid told CNN's Alison Harding.

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Filed under: Harry Reid • House Republicans • unemployment
December 22nd, 2013
12:17 PM ET
4 months ago

Democratic senator: Obama’s lack of congressional friendships hurts policy efforts

(CNN) – The President’s failure to build friendships with lawmakers has damaged his chances of finding bipartisan support for legislation, a senator from his own party said Sunday.

“It's just hard to say no to a friend," Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
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