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2006-02-07 17:51:03

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid dropped his objections to debating a bill that would halt asbestos lawsuits, a Reid spokesman said on Tuesday, clearing the way for the controversial legislation to move forward in the Senate. Reid, a Nevada Democrat, decided to vote in favor of the Senate taking up the measure and to encourage other Democrats to do the same when the vote begins at 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, said the spokesman, Jim Manley....

2006-02-06 17:31:32

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate set a vote for Tuesday on whether to consider a bill to halt asbestos lawsuits as senators hurled verbal brickbats over the legislation and the intense lobbying it has engendered. "I can't stand this legislation," fumed Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat who opposed Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's attempt to bring the bill up for debate on Monday. Asbestos fibers are linked to lung-scarring diseases,...

2006-01-27 15:41:33

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said on Friday that Democrats would push for more funding for cities to help them combat any terror threats and a possible avian flu pandemic. Reid, seeking to position Democrats on security issues ahead of the 2006 congressional elections, told the U.S. Conference of Mayors that the Bush administration and Republican-controlled Congress have made poor choices. "Since 9/11, we have spent only $500 million to secure our mass...

2006-01-27 13:42:13

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Democrats on Thursday challenged President George W. Bush to outline in his State of the Union speech how he will fix what they consider a disastrous start to the Medicare drug benefit. "In his State of the Union next week, the president needs to come clean and join Democrats in offering a real solution to this disastrous program," Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada told reporters. Medicare provides health insurance for...

2006-01-27 11:25:53

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid admitted on Friday he and fellow Democrats lack the votes to block President George W. Bush's nomination of conservative appeals judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. "Everyone knows there is not enough votes to support a filibuster," Reid said, referring to the procedural roadblock that some Democrats said should be used to put off a vote on Alito. The Nevada Democrat said, however, he would vote for such a measure to...

2006-01-26 18:36:59

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Democrats on Thursday challenged President George W. Bush to outline in his State of the Union speech how he will fix what they consider a disastrous start to the Medicare drug benefit. "In his State of the Union next week, the president needs to come clean and join Democrats in offering a real solution to this disastrous program," Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada told reporters. Medicare provides health insurance for...

2006-01-24 14:49:21

By Donna Smith WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday urged President George W. Bush to "swagger" less and show more honesty and humility in his annual State of the Union speech to the nation next week. In a speech at a liberal think tank, Reid gave a scathing assessment of the state of the nation under Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress. "Republicans run good campaigns, but when it comes to actually governing and protecting Americans, they...

2006-01-21 12:48:39

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush pledged to fight soaring health care costs in a preview on Saturday of his election-year State of the Union address, while a leading Democrat blamed Republicans for problems in a new prescription-drug program and recent corruption scandals. Bush and Sen. Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, dueled in radio addresses over health care, tax cuts and recent lobbying scandals in Congress. Republicans, nervous about the scandals...

2006-01-21 11:42:27

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats accused Republicans on Saturday of using "doublespeak" and abusing their power in order to help special interest groups. With Republicans burdened by the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said in the weekly Democratic radio address that years of controlling both the White House and Congress had corrupted the Republican Party. "There is a price to pay for this Republican abuse of power and it can be seen in...

2006-01-17 17:35:53

By Richard Cowan and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans proposed a tightening of lobbying laws on Tuesday in the wake of a mounting influence-peddling scandal that threatens their ability to retain control of Congress in November's elections. Details of the House of Representatives Republican proposal were still being worked out, but Speaker Dennis Hastert said leaders hoped to have legislation up for consideration by March. "We need to reform the rules so it's clear...