(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.
(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.
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.
(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.”
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.
(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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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.
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.FULL STORY
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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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.