Billionaire conservatives take aim at top Senate Democrat
October 9th, 2013
08:21 PM ET
6 months ago

Billionaire conservatives take aim at top Senate Democrat

Washington (CNN) – Koch Industries, the massive, multi-national energy and chemical conglomerate, owned by influential conservative donors Charles and David Koch, fired back Wednesday at the top Senate Democrat, charging he accused them of playing a pivotal role in GOP efforts to shut down the government.

Philip Ellender, president of government and public affairs division of Koch Companies, sent a letter to Congress denying that Koch had any role in devising the strategy to demand that Obamacare be defunded in order to keep the federal government operating.

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October 8th, 2013
04:55 PM ET
6 months ago

What is Biden’s Role?

Washington (CNN) - It’s an open secret that many congressional Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, were not happy with some of the past budget deals brokered by Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. They groused that they had given too much to Republicans in both the 2011 debt ceiling deal and as well as one last December focusing on the so-called fiscal cliff that pushed off only for a short time across-the-board spending cuts. And some blamed Biden - most notably Reid.

This time around, it’s Reid leading the charge for the Democrats. He’s made that point very clear, both inside and outside of the White House. As one administration official put it, "Reid is convinced he needs to stand his ground."

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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Harry Reid • Joe Biden • Mitch McConnell
October 3rd, 2013
07:06 PM ET
6 months ago

Reid to CNN: Boehner’s ‘job is not as important as our country’

Washington (CNN) – In an interview with CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid accused House Speaker John Boehner of being more worried about his job than the country amid a government shutdown.

The Nevada Democrat also talked for the first time Thursday about Boehner reneging on an agreement between the two over a “clean” spending bill, and admitted he directed his chief of staff to  leak embarrassing e-mails that they say indicate Boehner changed his position on Obamacare subsidies for Congress.
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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Harry Reid • John Boehner • Senate
October 2nd, 2013
03:17 PM ET
6 months ago

Reid gets fiery over question about shutdown's effect on clinical trials for kids

Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fired off over a question about whether the Democratic-controlled Senate would vote to restore funding for children undergoing clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health.

Asked by CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash if the Senate would follow the House's plans to vote for a bill to fund the NIH during the shutdown, Reid blasted the GOP-controlled House and insulted Bash.
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Filed under: Congress • Government Shutdown • Harry Reid
Reid: Senate will reject House bill
September 29th, 2013
05:29 PM ET
7 months ago

Reid: Senate will reject House bill

Washington (CNN) – As expected, the Senate will reject the latest version of the House bill that would fund the government but would delay Obamacare by one year.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's spokesman issued a statement Sunday, saying the Senate will send a clean bill–one without the anti-Obamacare provisions–back to the House on Monday, just hours before the government nears a midnight deadline to avert a shutdown.
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Filed under: Congress • Harry Reid • Health care
Reid: House votes 'pointless'
September 28th, 2013
04:37 PM ET
7 months ago

Reid: House votes 'pointless'

Washington (CNN) - Harry Reid is never one to mince words.

The Senate majority leader made it abundantly clear Saturday that a House vote on the two proposed amendments to the Senate-passed continuing resolution, which funds the Affordable Care Act, is "pointless" and that a revised bill would go nowhere in the upper chamber, declaring that "the American people will not be extorted by Tea Party anarchists."

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The Obamacare echo chamber: Neither side will budge
September 28th, 2013
11:16 AM ET
7 months ago

The Obamacare echo chamber: Neither side will budge

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As a potential government shutdown inched closer Saturday morning, the Obama administration reiterated that it will not negotiate with Republicans over delaying the president's signature health care law.

A day after President Barack Obama said any attempt to "gut" or repeal the Affordable Care Act "will not happen under the threat of a shutdown," a White House official echoed the commander-in-chief, telling CNN's Jim Acosta a continuing resolution that alters or delays Obamacare will not merit the president's signature.

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Reid, White House were at odds over shutdown meeting
September 23rd, 2013
05:22 PM ET
7 months ago

Reid, White House were at odds over shutdown meeting

Washington (CNN) - As the clock ticked toward a government shutdown last week, the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were at odds over whether President Barack Obama should sit down with congressional leaders.

According to a House Republican leadership aide, the White House and House Speaker John Boehner's office went back and forth over a time to meet to discuss averting a government shutdown – the plan was to meet this week, ahead of a Senate vote. The White House ended up nixing such a meeting, citing scheduling issues.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • President Obama
Democrats backing off Vitter humiliation vote
September 17th, 2013
05:50 PM ET
7 months ago

Democrats backing off Vitter humiliation vote

Washington (CNN) - Democrats will probably not force votes on proposals meant to shine an unusually ugly spotlight on Louisiana GOP Sen. David Vitter's alleged past solicitation of prostitutes, a Senate Democratic aide acknowledged to CNN Tuesday.

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and other top Democrats have been considering holding the votes in response to Vitter's attempt to force a politically tough vote on whether to strip federal healthcare support from lawmakers and staff.

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Filed under: David Vitter • Harry Reid
Reid delays Syria vote after new Russia proposal, aide says
September 9th, 2013
06:46 PM ET
7 months ago

Reid delays Syria vote after new Russia proposal, aide says

(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is holding off on taking steps toward a first vote on whether to authorize a military strike against Syria over alleged chemical weapons use. The decision follows Russia's proposal that Syria relinquish its chemical weapons stockpiles to international control.

An aide said that the Russia proposal is serious and fluid enough that members do not want to lock themselves into a position on Syria just yet. An initial Senate vote on the issue had been expected on Wednesday.


Filed under: Congress • Harry Reid • Syria
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