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
12 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
12 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
12 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
1 year 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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Reid: Boehner will compromise on immigration reform
December 21st, 2013
03:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Reid: Boehner will compromise on immigration reform

Washington (CNN) - He will cave.

Despite his public statements to the contrary, House Speaker John Boehner will meet with Senate leaders to negotiate comprehensive immigration reform in 2014 - at least, Harry Reid says he will.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • Immigration • John Boehner
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid out of hospital
December 20th, 2013
06:55 PM ET
1 year ago

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid out of hospital

(CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was hospitalized during the day on Friday before being released, his spokesman said.

The Nevada Democrat, 74, checked in not feeling well earlier in the day and doctors diagnosed exhaustion.

Spokesman Adam Jentleson said in a statement that his boss has been cleared to return to work although the Senate has left town for the holidays.

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Filed under: Capitol Hill • Harry Reid
Sen. Reid in hospital after bout of illness
December 20th, 2013
10:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Sen. Reid in hospital after bout of illness

Update 1:53 p.m. ET, 12/20/2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was hospitalized on Friday because he wasn't feeling well, but he is now doing better, his office said.

"Tests have been conducted and everything is normal. He is alert, resting and feeling better," the Nevada Democrat's office said.
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Filed under: Harry Reid
Some Reid staffers exempt from Obamacare exchanges
December 4th, 2013
07:33 AM ET
1 year ago

Some Reid staffers exempt from Obamacare exchanges

Washington (CNN) – Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, one of Obamacare's architects and staunchest supporters, is also the only top congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the law's new exchanges.

Reid is the exception among the other top congressional leaders. GOP House Speaker John Boehner, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell have all directed their staffs to join the exchange, their aides said.

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Filed under: Harry Reid • Health care • Obamacare
The man who coined the term 'nuclear option' regrets ever pursuing it
November 21st, 2013
01:32 PM ET
1 year ago

The man who coined the term 'nuclear option' regrets ever pursuing it

Washington (CNN) - Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott’s message to current Leader Harry Reid could be boiled down to this: I know how you feel, but trust me, you are going to regret this.

Lott watched Thursday as Senate Democrats invoked the “nuclear option” by voting to change filibuster rules and made it easier for them to approve President Barack Obama’s judicial appointments that Republicans have blocked.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • Senate • Trent Lott
November 21st, 2013
09:17 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama supports Senate's nuclear option to end some filibusters

Update 5:53 p.m. ET

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats dropped the filibuster bomb Thursday, and now the question is what kind of fallout will result from the so-called nuclear option.

By a 52-48 vote, the Senate ended the ability of minority Republicans to continue using filibusters to block some of President Barack Obama's judicial and executive nominations, despite the vehement objections of Republicans.
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Filed under: Congress • Harry Reid • Senate
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