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March 3, 2015

McConnell’s Turn to Iran Legislation Surprises Democrats (Video) (Updated)

Updated 7:21 p.m. | In between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress and Netanyahu’s meeting with Senate leaders, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced plans to move full speed ahead with legislation to give Congress a say in any potential nuclear deal with Iran.

Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., announced the details of a bipartisan bill Feb. 27 that would require the Obama administration to transmit any agreement from the international P5+1 talks to Capitol Hill for a 60-day review period. Full story

Harry Reid Sticks Up for Capitol Police Leadership (Video)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, asked Tuesday about lingering concerns over the Capitol Police Department’s handling of a controversial State of the Union night car chase, said the force does a “masterful job.”

The Nevada Democrat, who put himself through law school working as a Capitol Police officer, called himself a “stalwart defender and protector” of the force, saying they have “a job that is very, very difficult. Full story

February 25, 2015

Harry Reid Decides to Take Yes for an Answer

Harry Reid decided he could take Mitch McConnell’s offer to give him exactly what he wanted after all.

Reid’s decision comes a day after an odd sequence where Majority Leader McConnell of Kentucky offered up a “clean” Homeland Security funding bill shorn of immigration provisions, only to have Minority Leader Reid of Nevada spurn the offer in lieu of a capitulation by Speaker John A. Boehner.

Boehner, R-Ohio, hasn’t yet said he’ll swallow a clean bill, but with House Republicans insisting the Senate act first, it appears the path for averting a shutdown is now crystal clear: McConnell and Reid will try and pass a clean bill as soon as they can muster it — probably Thursday — and then the House will have the hot potato with effectively a take-it-or-own-the-shutdown proposition. Full story

February 23, 2015

Senate Democrats Show Limits of GOP Spending Strategy

Reid and McConnell Democratic agenda

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Republican leaders seized control of the Senate, they quickly targeted must-pass appropriations bills — not shutdown showdowns — as their best tool for reining in the Obama White House.

Two months into the 114th Congress, they have run smack into the limits of that strategy.

The immigration fight that has stalemated the fiscal 2015 Homeland Security spending bill, leaving the department days away from a possible shutdown, makes clear the high hurdles that remain for getting bills to President Barack Obama’s desk.

Even worse for Republicans, Senate Democrats found a strategy that has left the GOP feuding with itself over who needs to make the next move.

This wasn’t how it was supposed to go. Full story

February 13, 2015

Reid Allies See Immigration Fight Helping Re-Election (Updated)

Reid meets with Astrid Silva of Las Vegas, a "DREAMer," in his Capitol office before a vote on the Senate's immigration bill in 2013. Silva's parents brought her to the United States illegally from Mexico when she was 4. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Reid meets with Astrid Silva of Las Vegas, a “DREAMer,” in his Capitol office before a vote on the Senate’s immigration bill in 2013. Silva’s parents brought her to the United States illegally from Mexico when she was 4. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated Feb. 17, 2:35 p.m. | The Senate showdown over immigration could help Minority Leader Harry Reid energize Latino voters in what is expected to be a tough re-election fight — giving him little incentive to cut a deal.

“There is no political downside for Sen. Reid here,” said Jose Parra, a former staffer for the Nevada Democrat and now head of ProsperoLatino, a Latino-focused public relations firm.

Senate Democrats, led by Reid, have already voted three times to block a House-passed bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, thanks to provisions that would gut President Barack Obama’s executive actions shielding millions of immigrants from deportation. Full story

By Humberto Sanchez Posted at 11:56 a.m.
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February 12, 2015

After Another Eye Surgery, Reid Due Back After Recess (Updated)

Reid held his usual Tuesday afternoon news conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Reid held his usual Tuesday afternoon news conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 3:18 p.m. | Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is next expected back at the Capitol when the Senate reconvenes after the Presidents Day recess.

That’s after the Nevada Democrat underwent a second eye surgery on Wednesday, as part of the continued recovery from the New Year’s Day exercise injury that mangled his face and left significant damage to his right eye.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, the no. 3 Democratic leader, said Thursday afternoon that he had yet to speak with Reid since the most recent surgery.

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February 2, 2015

Harry Reid Returns to the Floor

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When a scarred and bandaged Minority Leader Harry Reid appeared on the Senate floor for his first speech of the year, the chamber’s new majority leader and Reid’s own top deputy slipped and briefly called him the “majority leader.”

“Let me say first I want to welcome back our colleague, the majority leader. He’s had a challenging month, and we’re happy to see him back here in the Senate and wish him well in his recovery, which looks as if it’s coming along nicely,” said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, later calling Reid by his current floor title — the Democratic leader.

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By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 5:32 p.m.
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January 26, 2015

Harry Reid Released From Hospital After Eye Surgery

Reid returned to the Capitol last week. He had eye surgery Monday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Reid returned to the Capitol last week. He had eye surgery Monday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 6:35 p.m. | Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is out of the hospital after successful eye surgery and already trolling Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Spokesman Adam Jentleson said the surgery was “successful” but there is no definitive verdict on whether the Nevada Democrat will regain sight in his right eye damaged in a New Year’s Day exercise accident.

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January 23, 2015

McConnell Shows He’s the Boss

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The honeymoon may be over for Mitch McConnell.

The Kentucky Republican’s open-process experiment took a turn Thursday night when the newly minted majority leader showed his patience has its limits, as he forced a series of votes to table Democratic amendments and refused to allow their sponsors a minute to explain them.

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January 22, 2015

Nevada Senators Blast NFL Over Under-Inflated Footballs

Reid held his first press conference of the year Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Reid held his first press conference of the year Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Nevada’s senators had stern words Thursday for the National Football League in the aftermath of findings that the New England Patriots made use of under-inflated footballs.

“As the Senator from the only state where sports betting is legal, it is imperative the integrity of the game never be questioned. When individuals break professional rules to gain unfair competitive advantages, everyone associated with the game is impacted,” Republican Dean Heller said in a statement. “This type of behavior should never be tolerated.”

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Wendell Ford, Longtime Kentucky Senator, Dies at 90

Ford, left, made sure to attend Grimes' election eve rally in November. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ford, left, made sure to attend Grimes’ election eve rally in November. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kentucky political legend and purveyor of Southern wit Wendell H. Ford has died.

Ford, 90, had been undergoing treatment for lung cancer.

A Democrat, Ford served in the Senate for 24 years before retiring at the end of his fourth term in 1999. Prior to being elected to the Senate, Ford served as Kentucky governor, lieutenant governor and did a stint in the state Senate.

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January 21, 2015

Harry Reid to Undergo Eye Surgery

Reid makes his way through the Senate Reception Room after the senate luncheons on his first day in the Capitol since injuring himself. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Reid makes his way through the Senate Reception Room after the Senate luncheons on his first day in the Capitol since injuring himself. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is scheduled to have eye surgery on Monday, a result of his New Year’s Day exercise accident.

“On Monday, as a necessary step to assist in recovering full vision in his right eye, Senator Reid will undergo surgery on his right eye at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.,” said Reid spokeswoman Kristen Orthman. “Senator Reid was notified that this surgery will be necessary following a doctor’s appointment yesterday.” Full story

By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 4:19 p.m.
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January 20, 2015

Harry Reid Back at Capitol, Will Miss State of the Union (Updated)

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Reid makes his way through the Senate Reception Room Tuesday en route to the senate luncheons on his first day in the Capitol since injuring himself in a exercise accident. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 3:04 p.m. | Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid returned to the Capitol Tuesday to lead the Democratic Caucus lunch, but he won’t be making it to the State of the Union address.

Richard J. Durbin, the Senate minority whip, said the Nevada Democrat was given a standing ovation at the lunch by his colleagues. Full story

January 14, 2015

Harry Reid Absent, but Still in Charge

(Courtesy Reid's Office)

(Courtesy Reid’s Office)

As Senate Democrats headed to Baltimore for their retreat, Minority Leader Harry Reid wasn’t with them — but he will be listening in.

Even without a physical presence, the Nevada Democrat is still making the daily decisions about running the caucus — and an aide said late Wednesday he is likely to return to the Capitol next week.

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January 9, 2015

Reid Pushes On Despite Injuries, Reiterates 2016 Run

Reid mets with members of the Senate Democratic leadership at his residence in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Reid's Office)

Reid meets with members of the Senate Democratic leadership at his D.C. residence earlier this week. (Courtesy Reid’s Office)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said an accident he suffered last week that left him with a concussion and broken bones would not affect his ability to lead his caucus and he reiterated his intention to run for re-election.

“I’ve been elected [by Senate Democrats] to run the Senate for two years and I am in the process of getting set up for the next go around,” Reid said in a Friday interview with KNPR in Las Vegas, his first since the accident.

Reid, who is 75, was hurt when a resistance band he was exercising with snapped. The band hit him in the face and he fell, which left him concussed, with broken bones in his face and ribs. Full story

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