Harry Reid could go nuclear this week
November 20th, 2013
11:10 AM ET
10 months ago

Harry Reid could go nuclear this week

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, frustrated by Republicans who have been blocking President Barack Obama's nominees, could invoke the so-called "nuclear option" this week - a controversial move that would change Senate rules over GOP objections to prevent filibusters of presidential nominations, according to one senior Democratic aide and another Democratic source.

Democrats are particularly upset by recent GOP filibusters of three DC Circuit court nominees.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • Senate
Reid backs Gillibrand on military sexual assault bill
November 19th, 2013
04:14 PM ET
10 months ago

Reid backs Gillibrand on military sexual assault bill

(CNN) – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, gained herself a powerful ally Tuesday on her amendment to combat military sexual assault.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, told reporters that he would be backing Gillibrand's bill to take prosecution of sexual assault in the military out of the chain of command, a divisive measure that has opponents and supporters on both sides of the aisle.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • Kirsten Gillibrand
October 31st, 2013
09:23 PM ET
11 months ago

Report: Obama campaign considered replacing Biden with Hillary Clinton

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's closest advisers may have secretly considered replacing Vice President Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton on the 2012 ticket, but White House spokesman Jay Carney said Friday that it was never a remote possibility.

"Campaigns test everything," Carney said on CNN's "New Day." "When it comes to this particular issue, do campaigns test everything? Yes."

While he said the idea was "tested," Carney insisted that it wasn't going to happen.

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Reid: Cruz 2016 nomination would destroy GOP
October 31st, 2013
08:57 AM ET
11 months ago

Reid: Cruz 2016 nomination would destroy GOP

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says in some ways, he hopes Ted Cruz becomes the Republican presidential nominee in 2016.

"If I didn't care so much about our country, I would hope he would get the Republican nomination for president, because that would mean the end of the Republican Party," the Nevada Democrat said about the freshman senator from Texas on Wednesday night in an interview on MSNBC.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • Ted Cruz
Reid reacts to name calling by Republican Senator
October 29th, 2013
12:05 PM ET
11 months ago

Reid reacts to name calling by Republican Senator

Updated 10/29/2013 at 3:09pm

(CNN) - Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid reacted sternly Tuesday to a GOP Senator who reportedly used a swear word to describe the Nevada Democrat.

According to the New York Daily News, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma was at a Republican gala Monday night in New York City when he spoke of civility in the Senate and that there are Democrats he gets along with, but not Reid, the top Democrat in the chamber.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • Tom Coburn
October 14th, 2013
04:53 PM ET
11 months ago

For Senate leaders, bitter history morphs into working relationship on deal

Washington (CNN) - Two opposing Senate leaders with a tense history are emerging as the key players in the latest deal to end the shutdown and extend the debt ceiling.

With talks between House Republicans and the White House at a standstill, the negotiating spotlight's firmly on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Filed under: Congress • Government Shutdown • Harry Reid • Mitch McConnell
Billionaire conservatives take aim at top Senate Democrat
October 9th, 2013
08:21 PM ET
11 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
11 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
12 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
12 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
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