Top Dems Support Hagel, But Stop Short of Guaranteeing Confirmation

In a sign of the trouble Chuck Hagel faces in winning support to head the Pentagon, two top Senate Democrats offered praise for former senator –but stopped short of assuring his confirmation. President Obama made official on Monday his choice of Hagel to be the next secretary of defense, an expected nomination that’s already come under extreme fire. The president also named counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the CIA. Hagel faces opposition from the left and right: from the left for controversial comments about gays, and for the right for positions on Iran, Israel and others. “Senator Hagel has a deep understanding of the national security establishment, which grew out of his experiences as a decorated war veteran, a … Continue reading

Remembering 9/11

President Obama and many other Washington politicians took time out from the hard-fought campaign season to observe the eleventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The president and first lady Michelle Obama began the day with a moment of silence on the South Lawn just after 8:45 a.m., around the time the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center. From there, they traveled to the Pentagon, where the President spoke at a memorial service in honor of those who died there, as well as in New York and Pennsylvania. “This anniversary allows us to renew our faith that even the darkest night gives way to a brighter dawn. Today, we can come here to the … Continue reading

VIDEO: Dems Say ‘Put The Middle Class First’

Even as he continued to stir the pot over Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s taxes, the top Senate Democrat continued to fight for continued tax cuts for the middle class. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada joined several of his Senate Democratic colleagues to lambast GOP lawmakers for continuing to insist that middle-class taxes can be cut only if the wealthiest Americans continue to receive their tax breaks. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE:  

Harry Reid Knocks Romney In Tax Speech

The top Senate Democrat went after Mitt Romney by name Thursday, as Democrats continue to paint the presumptive GOP presidential nominee as out-of-touch with average Americans at a time when questions continue to surface regarding Romney’s time as a wealthy financier. In remarks on the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada invoked Romney’s name as he contrasted the tax policies of President Obama and other Democrats with those of Republicans. Reid cited a new report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that found that in 2009 rates fell to their lowest level in more than 30 years. “Much of that decline is thanks to President Obama – who has consistently fought to lower taxes for middle-class … Continue reading

‘For Astrid’s Sake': Reid Blasts GOP On Immigration, As Key Republican Walks Away

Even as he lauded President Obama’s decision to halt deportations of young undocumented immigrants, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took his Republican colleagues to task for their inaction on immigration reform. The Nevada Democrat’s remarks come as one key Senate Republican says he is giving up on the issue. Obama last week announced his administration would stop deporting young illegals brought to this country as children. In a floor speech Monday, Reid praised the president’s move as “courageous,” and mentioned by name one of his young constituents, Astrid Silva, brought to the United States by her parents at the age of four. “She doesn’t even remember Mexico, the country where she was born. She speaks perfect English. She was an … Continue reading

The GOP ‘War On Women’ Isn’t Over, Reid Reminds Voters

With a new poll may may have women once again moving toward Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the Senate’s Democratic majority leader is reminding female voters that the GOP hasn’t ended its “war on women.” Although President Obama had opened up a huge 19-point advantage among women just weeks ago in the midst of the debates over birth control and other women’s issues, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that gap has shrunk to just 7 percent. The “war on women” has been a potent rallying cry to attract more women voters to the Democratic side. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada took to the Senate floor Wednesday to remind voters about the earlier Republican battles against women’s health care … Continue reading

Congressional Sponsors Angry After SOPA/PIPA Votes Delayed

Wednesday’s massive Internet protest against two controversial anti-piracy bills appeared to have some effect, as congressional leaders agreed to put off a vote on the legislation. However, it’s obvious that the fight isn’t over for opponents who contend the bills are so broadly written that they could lead to unchecked online censorship. Although lawmakers bowed to the extraordinary pressure of Wednesday’s protest — in which many popular websites “went dark” in protest over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate twin, the Protect IP Act (PIPA) — it’s clear they aren’t happy about it. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Friday that he would delay the upcoming vote on PIPA. “In light of recent events, I have … Continue reading

SOPA Opponents Make Progress Ahead Of Blackout

Opponents of a bill targeting online piracy — but which they say could have far-reaching unintended consequences for Internet censorship — have made progress ahead of a planned web-based protest Wednesday. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced Friday that he would remove the controversial Domain Name System (DNS) blocking provision from the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), likewise, says that he would also modify the DNS provisions in the Senate companion, Protect IP Act (PIPA). The DNS provisions, opponents argue, could allow the federal government to shut down entire websites without recourse. Further, a bipartisan group of senators, including Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), also asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid(D-Nev.) to … Continue reading