Harry Reid

Reid and the Kochs: Take Twenty-Three

By on 4.8.14 | 4:25PM

Harry Reid really needs to go to rehab for his Koch addiction.

His latest Koch-bashing tirade erupted yesterday, as Reid claimed Republicans should wear suit jackets plastered with Koch insignia:

“NASCAR fans can easily find their favorite drivers by simply looking at the cars as they fly by, because there are corporate emblems on the hood of the car … for our clothing here in the Senate, we don’t bear commercials logos. Many Republicans might as well wear Koch insignias,” Reid said Monday. “While they don’t wear Koch Industries’ ties and jackets, they display their sponsors proudly through their actions here in the United States Senate.”

His Twitter account posted a picture showing off his fashion design skills:

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When a “Compromise” Isn’t a Compromise

By on 2.27.14 | 12:25PM

On Tuesday night, the Huffington Post's headline read, “Harry Reid Cuts Unemployment Insurance Proposal In Half To Get GOP Votes.” Based on the headline, one might have reasonably thought that that the GOP had finally forced the Senate majority leader to spend fewer public dollars on a program that was supposed to be temporary, and is an inferior way to improve the economy when budget cuts and tax and regulatory reform would do the job in a spectacular fashion.

Instead, Reid simply cut the length of the program's existence in half, and included retroactive application from the beginning of the calendar year. Under his new legislative plan, benefits would be extended for a total of six months.

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The Reid Doth Protest Too Much

By on 1.28.14 | 11:23AM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is a gossip hound, and a champion in the fight against Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Shambling through the Senate halls, he’s been lampooned by the comedy group The Capitol Steps as the Senate’s “most charismatic” legislator. But last week he let loose on former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who, in his book Duty, painted an interesting picture of the Nevada senator. “Why in the world would a guy violate a confidence like this?” moaned Reid, according to the Daily Beast.

“I’m surprised he would in effect denigrate everybody he came in contact with in an effort to make a buck,” said Reid of his portrayal Gates’s book, apparently forgetting that C-Span cameras are rolling every time he speaks on the Senate floor. Doesn’t Reid realize that a cursory glance at the Congressional Record will reveal his long career of denigrating his colleagues, such as just last year when he accused many of them of being anarchists?

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The Senate Spectator

Nuclear Politics

By 11.21.13

The Senate became less of a deliberative body today and more of a gilded, blue-carpeted rubber stamp as Harry Reid and most of the chamber’s Democrats voted to employ the “nuclear option,” eliminating the 60-vote requirement for cloture on most cabinet and judicial nominees. The Democratic majority leader did so with the full support of the president, who lauded the Senate’s decision. But this reversal of Senate precedent and tradition will likely beget further modification of rules in subsequent Congresses.

Reid’s decision appeared at first to be bravado, no different from his threats to use the nuclear option in 2012. But this week rumors swirled, stoked by congressional aides, that Reid was serious. Today he made good on his threats, leading a vote which ended the practice of filibustering nominees as we know it. 

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Pay No Attention to the Health Bureaucrat Behind the Curtain

By on 11.21.13 | 4:25PM

That's what this whole filibuster-reform, nuclear-bombs-away, uber-hypocritical maneuver by Harry Reid is today, right? The nation isn't bleeding from the fact that the president's judicial nominees aren't being moved down the conveyor belt quickly enough. It's an attempt to distract from the crumbling of Obamacare. The president wants to pivot back to portraying Republicans as feral, clawing anarchists, and beating his breast over their alleged obstruction in the Senate accomplishes just that. He even cited the Founding Fathers in his address, as though the filibuster is what would really irk the founders about the modern Senate; not the massive pork or the empowerment of unelected bureaucracies to pass regulations or the hotline spending—the filibuster. Wasn't the Senate supposed to be the "cooling saucer" of our legislative process? The mind reels.

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Harry Reid Changes the Rules

By on 11.21.13 | 1:49PM

Today Majority Leader Reid pushed the Senate to eliminate filibusters on judicial and cabinet-level appointments. Reid offered for a vote the rule of the chair which would have preserved the right to filibuster these nominees. The Senate voted it down in a 48-52 vote, thus implementing the so-called “nuclear option." All Democratic senators voted “nay” on maintaining the rules, with the exception of Senators Pryor (Ark.), Manchin (W.V.), and Levin (Mich.).

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Debt-Ceiling Kabuki: Harry Reid Filibusters Himself?

By on 7.30.11 | 8:38PM

Remember that before House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) ever brought his own debt-ceiling bill up for a vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) got the signatures of all 53 Democrat senators on a letter vowing their opposition to the Boehner bill.

So earlier today, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) came out with a letter signed by 43 Republican senators expressing their opposition to Reid's own debt-ceiling bill. Reid then summoned the Senate and -- live on C-SPAN2 -- delivered a self-pitying speech described by Michelle Malkin:

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Call It ‘Voter Card Check’

By on 11.5.10 | 8:34AM

The Heritage Foundation's Hans A. von Spakovsky, writing in the Washington Examiner explains how the cooperation to turn out employees of Harrah's casinos to vote for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is illegal:

As National Review reported earlier this week, the Reid campaign sent a desperate e-mail to the senior vice president for government relations at Harrah's Casinos asking the company to pressure its employees to get out and vote for Reid. The campaign even offered to have Reid call Harrah's executives to help give "the backing" needed to get the company working on this.

The Reid staffer involved told Harrah's it needed to "put a headlock" on its supervisors "to get them to follow through...."

Harrah's did just that, getting headcounts and insisting that supervisors explain why their employees had not yet voted. They also coordinated with employee unions to get buses and shuttles to take the employees to the polls....

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Will Dems Get Sleazy in November?

By on 7.22.10 | 7:58PM

Harry Reid announced today that Senate Democrats -- for now -- have abandoned efforts to pass "comprehensive"(-ly destructive to the economy) cap-and-trade legislation, reports the Washington Post.
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