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November 27, 2014

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May 22, 2014

Harry Reid Offers 2017 Effective Date for Immigration, Sets August Deadline (Video)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered to make 2017 the effective date for an immigration overhaul Thursday so Republicans no longer can use President Barack Obama as an excuse not to pass a bill — and set an August deadline for the House to act.

“Let’s pass immigration reform today. Make it take effect in 2017. Republicans don’t trust President Obama,” Reid said. “Let’s give them a chance to approve the bill under President Rand Paul or President Theodore Cruz. To be clear, delaying implementation of immigration reform is not my preference. But I feel so strongly that this bill needs to get done, I’m willing to show flexibility.” Full story

March 13, 2014

Reid, Durbin Accuse GOP of Putting Koch Brothers Ahead of Ukrainians

Senate Democratic leaders lit into Republicans Thursday over reports of an effort to tie aid to Ukraine to a move to block the IRS from clamping down on the political activities of tax-exempt groups.

“If you submitted that plot line that we can’t protect Americans and our friends overseas unless we protect the Koch brothers to ‘House of Cards,’ they’d reject it as a script incredible,” Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., said. “No one would take that position.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has been hammering Charles and David Koch and the conservative 501(c)(4) group Americans for Prosperity recently.

Earlier this week, Senate Foreign Relations ranking member Bob Corker, R-Tenn., made public a push by some in the GOP to insist on blocking the IRS from imposing new restrictions on the political activities of groups such as Americans for Prosperity claiming the not-for-profit tax status as part of a deal to adopt a package of International Monetary Fund proposals that date to 2010. Full story

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