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February 2, 2016

Reid: ‘Did You See Diversity in Iowa?’


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 15: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks to reporters after the Senate Democrats' lunch in the Capitol on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call)

Reid bemoans the lack of diversity in early contests. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call)

A day after the Iowa caucuses and a week from the New Hampshire primary, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is back blasting the lack of diversity in the states that come before his home of Nevada in the presidential nominating process.

Asked about the outcome in Iowa, where Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., finishing very narrowly behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Reid highlighted his role in changing the process to put more focus on the subsequent contests in states with more diverse Democratic electorates. His efforts helped move Nevada’s Democratic caucuses earlier in the electoral calendar.

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December 18, 2015

Senate Leaders Look Ahead to 2016


McConnell, left, and Reid, right, claimed victory in 2015. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McConnell, left, and Reid, right, claimed victory in 2015. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate leaders spent Friday afternoon claiming victory on the spending and tax bills that passed before lawmakers left town, and said they are now looking to highlight differences between the two parties heading into the election year.

Democrats and Republicans held back-to-back news conferences after the final votes of the year, each saying the Senate is functioning again, and they’re the reason why.

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December 17, 2015

Reid: ‘Mitch McConnell and I Are Friends’


Reid, left, and McConnell, right, reaffirmed their friendship on the Senate floor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Reid, left, and McConnell reaffirmed their friendship on the Senate floor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate’s top two leaders took to the floor Thursday morning to affirm their friendship.

After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., gave his opening speech on the Senate floor on the year-end spending and tax package, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., sought to clear the air after Politico reported that the relationship between the two leaders had reached a “new low.”

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December 7, 2015

Reid Calls for ‘ISIS Czar’ After Obama Address


(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., unveiled a litany of Democratic proposals to combat the Islamic State Monday, following President Barack Obama’s address to the country Sunday night.

Among the proposals that will be incorporated into a comprehensive bill was the creation of an “ISIS czar,” or one point person in the federal government to coordinate the response to the terrorist group. According to a Reid aide, the bill includes 12 main components aimed at foreign and domestic policies. Full story

December 3, 2015

Reid Calls the NRA a GOP ‘Quasi-Militant Wing’ (Updated)


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 2 - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., in the basement of the U.S. Capitol before heading to the Senate floor for a vote in Washington, Tuesday, December 1, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Reid speaks with Schumer before heading to the Senate floor for a vote on Tuesday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 12:46 p.m. | Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid lashed out on the National Rifle Association on Thursday as he served notice Democrats would push gun violence amendments during the Senate vote-a-rama on a budget bill.

“Now, there was a time in my legislative career that I tried to work with the National Rifle Association, but the NRA today is a far cry from [the] sportsmen’s organization that I once supported,” the Nevada Democrat said. “The NRA once called mandatory background checks ‘reasonable.’ That’s what they said. I’m not making this up.”

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December 2, 2015

As San Bernardino Shooting Unfolds, Reid Pushes Guns Measure (Updated)


Armed Sheriff's department personel man a roadblock at Waterman Street near the site of a shooting took place on December 2, 2015 in San Bernardino, California. One or more gunman opened fire inside a building in San Bernardino in California, with reports of 20 victims at a center that provides services for the disabled. Police were still hunting for the shooter, saying one to three possible suspects were involved. Heavily armed SWAT teams, firefighters and ambulances swarmed the scene, located about an hour east of Los Angeles, as police warned residents away.  AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP / FREDERIC J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

News outlets were reporting that at least 14 people had been killed in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., on Wednesday. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Updated 10:29 a.m. | Following Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said the Democrats will call for “a few” votes on gun-related amendments to the budget reconciliation bill during Thursday’s session.

Democratic Sens. Charles E. Schumer of New York, Patty Murray of Washington, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Christopher S. Murphy of Connecticut will hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m. Thursday to call for the amendments.

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From Sex Worker to Hill Staffer


Former Reid staffer Natasha Guynes overcame hardship in her 20s and has started a nonprofit to help other women in need. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Former Reid staffer Natasha Guynes overcame hardship in her 20s and has started a nonprofit to help other women in need. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

“Drink a beer, smoke a joint. But lay off the crack, it will rot your teeth.”

That was the advice Natasha Guynes remembers receiving from her estranged father while she was high on crack and cocaine. At only 20 years old, Guynes had wanted to get as far away as possible from her family in Louisiana. Without any way to support herself, she turned to sex trafficking, and to self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. Full story

November 9, 2015

Reid Whacks Grassley Over Clinton Emails, Nominees


Reid is firing at Grassley over State Department nominees. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Reid is firing at Grassley over State Department nominees. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Minority Leader Harry Reid opened the Senate’s week by blasting Iowa Republican Sen. Charles E. Grassley for a blockade on ambassadors over former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails.

“Many of these foreign service officers are always ready to serve at a moment’s notice in hot spots throughout the world. Hot spots like Iraq and Afghanistan. They’re not partisan. They’re diplomats,” Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said in a floor speech. “That’s why it’s troubling to see the senior senator from Iowa politicize these promotions.” Full story

November 3, 2015

Senate Democrats to GOP: the Barn Isn’t Clean Yet


UNITED STATES - Jan 16: Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called for more action on Tuesday in a letter to Republican leaders. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The top four Senate Democrats offered newly elected Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., well wishes Tuesday, before calling for more action.

Last week, Congress passed a two-year budget and raised the debt limit. Now, Democrats are asking Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for more in a letter that invokes former Speaker John A. Boehner’s favorite phrase in his last days on the Hill.

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November 2, 2015

Reid Wants to Hire Post-Retirement Aide With Campaign Cash


(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has asked the Federal Election Commission for permission to hire a full-time assistant for post-retirement help.

The Nevada Democrat wants to use campaign cash from the Searchlight Leadership Fund, his leadership PAC, to pay an aide to help clean out his office, book post-Senate media appearances and cover other costs associated with winding down his tenure in leadership and the Senate.

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Democrats Seek Repeat of Budget Success in Spending Debate


Pelosi and Reid talk to reporters.  (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Pelosi and Reid talk to reporters. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When it came to cutting a budget deal to increase spending levels, the Democratic strategy worked — and all signs point to an attempt at a repeat performance in December.

The Democratic strategy, which came to be described as “filibuster summer” after a Washington Post report of an interview with Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., led to the negotiations on the accord the White House expects will be signed into law soon.

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October 30, 2015

Reid: Democrats Would Stop a Rider-Riddled Omnibus


Harry Reid

Reid was interviewed in his Capitol office. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 5:24 a.m. | Democrats on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are prepared to unite again and protect the Obama administration’s agenda in the December spending debate.

That was the message from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid as the bipartisan budget deal heads to the White House. The Nevada Democrat told CQ Roll Call he has some advice for House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., and other appropriators about how to draft an omnibus.

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October 28, 2015

Reid Unloads on Fantasy Sports, Washington Football


Columnist George Will, from left, Reid and Harper before a Nationals game. (Bill Clark, CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Columnist George Will, from left, Reid and Harper before a Nationals game. (Bill Clark, CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says Congress should act to stop weekly fantasy sports contests that he defines as unregulated gambling.

“I think we should do something here legislatively, but you know, I don’t get much done around here with my Republican colleagues,” Reid said Wednesday. “If not, state attorney generals and other state entities should take a look at this because it’s really unfair.”

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October 26, 2015

Emerging Budget Deal Keeps Senate Democrats Guessing


Reid gestures at a news conference with Senate Democratic leadership team. (Al Drago, CQ Roll Call file photo)

Reid gestures at a news conference with Senate Democratic leadership team. (Al Drago, CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senior Senate Democrats are optimistic that a sweeping fiscal pact soon could be finalized, but their concerns about the emerging plan show it’s not a done deal just yet.

Congressional leaders are preparing to unveil a fiscal package that would raise the debt ceiling until March 2017, while also raising defense and domestic spending caps known colloquially as sequestration. The package also would address Medicare Part B by shielding millions of seniors from significant increases to their health insurance premiums and deductibles.

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It’s Crunch Time Again in Congress


Thune answers a question after the Oct. 20 weekly Republican Senate news conference. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Thune answers a question after the Oct. 20 weekly Republican Senate news conference. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

On deadline: That’s the theme of the next two weeks on Capitol Hill.

The current stopgap highway funding expires Thursday, and the Treasury Department said Congress must raise the debt limit by Nov. 3. Upholding the full faith and credit of the United States is trickier. Full story

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