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Working To Save The American Auto Industry

December 11, 2008 - This week the Congress and the Administration work on legislation that will protect hundreds of thousands of American jobs and the financial security of millions of families. The Senate is currently considering the Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act that would provide immediate assistance to the ailing U.S. auto industry while requiring strong taxpayer protections and oversight, limiting executive compensation, and demanding auto companies restructure to ensure their long-term viability. If the companies fail to come up with a plan that will lead to long-term competitiveness and profitability, or if they fail to stick to that plan, the loan can be recalled or the companies will face bankruptcy.

Senate Democrats take no satisfaction in loaning taxpayer money to the “Big Three” domestic auto companies, but we know we must prevent an already-reeling economy from sinking further into recession. We are not doing this for the sake of executives who made major mistakes. We are acting on behalf of the workers and their families who rely on a healthy auto industry for their livelihoods. The Senate will need support and cooperation from Republicans to determine when this bill will come to a vote and whether millions of workers will keep their jobs.

Reid Meets With Key Members Of Obama's New Team

Reid Meets With Key Members Of Obama's New Team

December 9, 2008 -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid met this week with Treasury Secretary Nominee Tim Geithner and Attorney General Nominee Eric Holder, two critical members of President Elect Barack Obama's new Administration. Senator Reid praised Mr. Geithner as a man who would help lead America "out of recession by rebuilding the middle class and ensuring a strong, sustainable economy."

The Majority Leader praised Mr. Holder as "a long time public servant who will restore the public trust in the justice system and bring the Department of Justice back to a position of independence and integrity. Senator Reid looks forward to a swift confirmation process so that the new Congress and Administration can begin to deliver the change that Americans demand and desperately need.

Reid Headlines A Clean Energy Roundtable

Reid Headlines A Clean Energy Roundtable

December 3, 2008 - This week Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid headlined a roundtable entitled "The New Revolution: America's Clean Energy Future" hosted by the Third Way. Senator Reid talked about the great opportunity the incoming Congress and Administration have to champion clean energy initiatives by building on the passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which called for increases in vehicle fuel efficiency, alternative fuels production and programs to increase efficiency of the lights, appliances and office buildings.

"At a time when the need for clean, renewable energy is clearer than ever, our ability to turn sun, wind and geothermal into real power that heats and cools our homes and powers our automobiles has never been better," said Reid adding, "greening the grid won't be easy or quick, but with the help of the Obama Administration, utility companies and a willing Congress, we will make it happen." The roundtable discussion brought together a broad range of business, labor and other players in the energy debate.

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Congress Celebrates The Opening Of the Capitol Visitor Center

Congress Celebrates The Opening Of the Capitol Visitor Center

December 2, 2008 - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican Leader John Boehner spoke at the opening ceremony of the United States Capitol Visitor Center this week. In his prepared remarks Senator Reid called the Center, "an engineering feat that will stand the test of time," making the facility and those work within it safer, while "enriching the visitor's experience for the 3 million" who will visit every year.

The new Capitol Visitor Center will provide enhanced security and educational opportunities to the millions of people who visit the Capitol each year. It is the largest expansion of the Capitol in over a century and will feature a more visitor-friendly environment including a restaurant, exhibition center, and meeting space for public hearings and events.

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Reid Re-Elected As Majority Leader

Reid Re-Elected As Majority Leader

November 19, 2008 - Senator Harry Reid was re-elected as Senate Majority Leader this week by his colleagues in the Democratic caucus. As Majority Leader, Senator Reid will continue to set the legislative agenda for the Senate while working to chart a new course for our country. "I am honored to be re-elected as the Senate Majority Leader," said Senator Reid adding, "It is a privilege that allows me to provide solutions to the challenges facing Nevada and the country. I thank my fellow Democratic Senators for again entrusting me with this position. This year has been particularly challenging for all Americans, and with a narrow majority, passing timely legislation has at times been difficult."

Senator Reid looks forward to working with his colleagues in Congress and the new President-elect to tackle the many issues that lie before us and to move this country forward. He also announced the Senate Democratic Leadership for the 111th Congress. Read more.

Welcome To Our New Democratic Senators

Welcome To Our New Democratic Senators

November 17, 2008 - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid welcomed the new Democratic-Senators elect who will join the 111th Congress this week. Senators-Elect Mark Udall, Tom Udall, Mark Warner, Jeanne Shaheen, Kay Hagan, and Jeff Merkely met with Senator Reid for a brief discussion on the many issues the Americans have asked Congress to address.

"We have a lot of work to do and many challenges ahead. This is a new chapter for our nation, and I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in Congress, our new President-elect, and our new Democratic Senators standing with me right now, to tackle the many issues that lie before us and move this country forward," said Senator Reid welcoming the new Democratic Senators-Elect and their spouses.

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A Mandate for Change

A Mandate for Change

November 5, 2008 - The American people have spoken and they have demanded change. The Senate Democrats are excited to congratulate the President-elect of the United States, Barack Obama, and welcome the new Democrats elected to Congress. Senate Democrats welcome the new perspectives and new energy to the job of passing legislation that benefits the American people.

With our economy reeling at home and two wars raging overseas, our work is far too important to leave anybody out. Our commitment to bipartisanship has never been stronger. President-Elect Obama and all Democrats are clear-eyed about the challenges we face. Eight years of wrongheaded policies have put our country in a deep, deep hole and we are not going to get out overnight. Senate Democrats will continue to work every day to deliver the change that Americans rightfully demand and desperately need.

 

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December 11, 2008:

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and proceed to a period of morning business for up to one hour, with Senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each.

Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 7005.

 

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