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July 21, 2015

Democrats Delay McConnell Highway Bill Deal (Updated) (Video)

McConnell laid out a path for a long-term highway bill and the Ex-Im Bank to reach Obama's desk before the August recess. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McConnell laid out a path for a long-term highway bill and the Ex-Im Bank to reach Obama’s desk before the August recess. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:25 p.m. | Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s highway deal with Sen. Barbara Boxer hit a pothole Tuesday, as Democrats helped torpedo a vote to advance the 1,030-page bill about an hour after senators received it.

In a bizarre turn of events, Boxer ended up voting to filibuster bringing up a bill she helped negotiate, while saying she hopes to get on the bill by Wednesday.

“Keep our eye on the prize,” she said in floor remarks.

Minority Leader Harry Reid and Boxer had called for a delay so Democrats could read the mammoth bill, and senators blocked bringing it up, 41-56 vote, well shy of the 60 votes need to advance.

McConnell had touted his breakthrough as a plan that should have been attractive to the House, and suggested supporters of the Export-Import Bank would have a chance to offer an amendment to revive its charter.

After the vote failed, McConnell said the Senate would have to be in session this weekend in an effort to complete the highway bill before the August recess, and Reid said he’d be “fine” doing so. Full story

July 10, 2015

The Obama and Reid National Monument (Updated)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Reid called a monument designation in Nevada “a defining legacy” for Obama. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

UPDATED 3:40 p.m. | President Barack Obama’s move to designate a trio of new national monuments includes “a defining legacy” of his time in the White House.

At least, that’s the way Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid sees it. The Nevada Democrat has long championed one of the designations, the preservation of roughly 704,000 acres at the Basin and Range in his home state.

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June 24, 2015

Harry Reid Awarded for Environmental Efforts

Reid was given a lifetime achievement award Tuesday for his environmental efforts. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Reid was given a lifetime achievement award Tuesday for his environmental efforts. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the vaulted atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington, D.C., more than 500 people gathered Tuesday evening for the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund Capital Dinner.

The highlight of the evening, attended by activists, environmentalists and members of Congress, was Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who was given a lifetime achievement award for his efforts in promoting environmental conservation and championing attempts in Congress to address climate change. Full story

June 23, 2015

McConnell: Move Kentucky’s Jefferson Davis Statue to a Museum (Video)

A statue of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy and a Mississippi senator, has a prime spot in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A statue of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy and a Mississippi senator, has a prime spot in National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rather than wait for outside pressure, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the statue of Jefferson Davis prominently displayed in Kentucky’s state capitol should be moved to a museum — but he wasn’t quite ready to propose moving the Jefferson Davis statue out of the U.S. Capitol.

The Kentucky Republican noted Davis’ sole link to the Bluegrass State is he was born there, but then moved to Mississippi and went on to become the president of the Confederate States of America.

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June 19, 2015

After Charleston Shooting, Washington Short on Answers

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.,  watch President Barack Obama speak about the Charleston shooting before holding their news conference in the Senate Radio/TV Gallery on budget negotiations Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senators watch President Barack Obama speak about the Charleston shooting before holding their news conference in the Senate Radio/TV Gallery on budget negotiations Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In the wake of the shooting Wednesday night at a South Carolina church that left nine people dead, many in Washington were calling for change that doesn’t appear to be coming quickly.

Legislators offered condolences throughout the day Thursday in statements and speeches. And some — mostly Democrats — reiterated as they have after past mass killings that it’s time for action on guns. Full story

June 17, 2015

Senate’s Defense Endgame Expected Thursday

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans McConnell and Cornyn are setting up a defense appropriations showdown Thursday with Democrats.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is setting up to make the case that Democrats are flip-flopping on national security.

With the debate time on the defense authorization bill set to expire late Wednesday, the Kentucky Republican indicated in opening the day’s session that votes are likely to be rolled into Thursday. And as soon as the authorization is off the floor, it will be in order to consider his motion to limit debate to take up the Defense Department’s appropriations measure.

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June 2, 2015

McConnell Goes Down Swinging, Hard, on Freedom Act (Video)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Members of Congress are frequently told to hold their noses and vote for something, to not let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was having none of that Tuesday.

Minutes before being rebuked by the chamber, which shot down his preferred amendments to the USA Freedom Act and then overwhelmingly passed it, 67-32, the Kentucky Republican went to great lengths to spell out just how bad a bill it was. Full story

McConnell and Reid Feud: ‘He Doesn’t Get to Schedule the Senate Anymore’ (Video)

Reid and McConnell traded barbs Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Reid and McConnell traded barbs Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate’s leaders traded unusually harsh and personal words on the floor Tuesday afternoon, just before a clear majority rejected Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s arguments against an overhaul of lapsed Patriot Act surveillance authorities.

“As my good friend, the majority leader, frequently reminded me over the last few years, the majority leader always gets the last word,” the Kentucky Republican said during the exchange. “And look, his fundamental complaint is he doesn’t get to schedule the Senate anymore and he wanted to kill the president’s trade bill, and so he didn’t like the fact that we moved to the trade bill early enough before the opposition to it might become more severe.”

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Reid Keeps Filibuster in Pocket, Says McCain Is Wasting His Time With Defense Bill (Video)

McCain is adamant that the defense policy bill should be bipartisan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McCain is adamant that the defense policy bill should be bipartisan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., thinks Armed Services Chairman John McCain is going to be wasting his time managing the defense authorization bill on the floor over the next few weeks.

While Reid said Tuesday he and his caucus would not stand in the way of starting debate on the bill, he stopped short of saying Democrats would not filibuster it on the floor.

“I like [McCain] very much. He’s opinionated. I am once in a while,” Reid said. “When he first saw what they had done to the defense authorization bill [funding structure], he went sky-high, ‘How can they do this? It’s wrong!’ Now he’s joining with them in doing this. I think that until they do something with getting rid of sequestration, it’s a gesture in futility what they’re doing.”

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May 19, 2015

Next Yucca Mountain Debate Will Wait for the Floor

Alexander, R-Tenn. is interviewed by CQ Roll Call in his Dirksen Building office, February 2, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Alexander’s move heads off a committee fight on Yucca Mountain funding, but could lead to a debate on the Senate floor (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate’s next big battle over funding for nuclear waste storage in Nevada will wait for the floor.

The chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water has decided against including money for Yucca Mountain in his bill, putting off the debate until the bill is approved by the committee and is subject to an open amendment process on the floor.

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May 14, 2015

Reid Rips Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush Over Yucca Mountain

Reid insists Yucca nuclear waste storage project will stay dead after he's gone. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Reid insists the Yucca nuclear waste storage project will stay dead after he’s gone. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Harry Reid is using Yucca Mountain as a club against Republican presidential candidates hoping to win his home state in 2016.

In an email blast late Thursday, the Nevada Democrat ripped Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida in particular on the mothballed nuclear waste storage project he has spent decades blocking. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 4:45 p.m.
Harry Reid

May 7, 2015

McConnell, Reid Agree on One Thing: Don Ritchie Rocks (Video)

Ritchie, left, shares a laugh with Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ritchie, left, shares a laugh with Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., are frequently at odds. One thing they do agree on is the good job Donald Ritchie has done in his many years in the Senate Historical Office, including in his role as Senate historian since 2009.

On the floor Thursday morning, McConnell called the retiring Ritchie “one of the smartest guys around here” and said, “I don’t think any of us would want to face him on ‘Jeopardy.'”

And Reid said the historian was one of the few people who could quell his rowdy caucus. “Every week I begin my caucus by calling on the Senate historian and he talks to us about so many fascinating things. … And quite frankly, it shuts up my caucus. When he shows up, they suddenly are attentive,” Reid said.

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May 5, 2015

Reid Threatens to Short-Circuit Trade Bill (Video)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Reid and McConnell are again battling over the Senate schedule. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Does Minority Leader Harry Reid have the votes to throw a monkey wrench into President Barack Obama’s trade agenda?

The Nevada Democrat indicated as much to the Huffington Post in an interview published late Monday, though he was not as explicit about his intentions Tuesday morning on the floor of the chamber.

“McConnell said he wanted to move to trade in the next two or three weeks, and I’m going to — maybe he can, but I don’t think he’s going to have an easy time doing it, because I will not let him do that. We’re not going to lay over, as I said, until we have some way to move forward on FISA and the surface transportation bill,” Reid said in the Huffington Post interview. “He has some decisions to make and he’s going to have to work around me and the caucus.”

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April 29, 2015

Harry Reid Likens GOP Budget to Nepal Earthquakes (Video)

Harry Reid isn’t exactly mellowing in his final two years as minority leader before he heads off into the sunset.

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By Steven Dennis Posted at 11:53 a.m.
Harry Reid

April 22, 2015

Tough Talk on Trade Between Wyden and Reid

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo

Wyden said Reid has been blunt with him over their trade policy legislation disagreement. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Ron Wyden did not sound surprised by Minority Leader Harry Reid’s call Tuesday for him to slow down progress on Trade Promotion Authority legislation that was being marked up Wednesday afternoon.

“Sen. Reid and I have talked often about this, and he’s already a straight-shooter. You know, he and I have been working together for over three decades,” the Oregon Democrat said of his colleague from Nevada. “Nancy and I are just very fond of Senator Reid and Landra.”

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