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Topic - Harry Reid
Few things would dash the holiday spirits of deficit hawks more than a budget deal that abandons the sequester caps and funnels new revenue into federal coffers. Unfortunately, that's exactly what budget negotiators in Congress have presented.
Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana took the Senate's top Democrat to task on Tuesday, saying Majority Leader Harry Reid should disclose how he decided which of his staff should get their health insurance from the Obamacare exchanges.
The radioactive smoke has yet to clear from Harry Reid's detonation of the nuclear option, but the senator from Las Vegas is already using his new powers. Mr. Reid can rubber-stamp any name President Obama puts forward to hold a high office; Republicans have been cut out entirely. Cushy sinecures are handed out as reward for faithful service (and cash) to the Democratic Party.
EXCLUSIVE: The Obama administration overruled career Homeland Security officials and expedited visa applications for about two dozen foreign investors for a politically connected Las Vegas casino hotel after repeated pressure from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his staff, according to internal government documents obtained by The Washington Times.
Liberals think they know better. To the progressive, there is no undertaking that couldn't be made better with governmental direction and the collective advice of an ivory tower full of experts. When it comes down to it, they think Americans are too dumb to know what's in their own best interests, and thus someone must tell them what to do. As New York Times columnist Paul Krugman recently put it, "It takes the government (to make a market)."
It has been looming for months, but Congress' debate over how to deal with sexual assaults in the U.S. military could get lost in the end-of-year shuffle as Senate Democrats find themselves with little time to tackle the budget, presidential nominations and a host of other major priorities.
EXCLUSIVE: The Washington Times has learned just 101 members of the House of Representatives have enrolled in the Washington, D.C. health care exchange. The deadline to sign up is Monday.
Less than one-third of uninsured young Americans say they are likely to sign up for health insurance in the Obamacare exchanges, according to a Harvard University Institute of Polling survey Wednesday that signals President Obama's sales pitch to a key group of his supporters is falling short.
Obamacare is headed for a do-over in the Supreme Court, and perhaps this time the court will be more amenable to doing its duty by putting this badly implemented scheme out of the nation's misery. The high court on Monday declined to hear Liberty University's expansive challenge to the employer mandate, but it did agree last week to consider a more focused challenge to the requirement that private firms pay for contraceptive devices and abortions, regardless of any moral objections they might have.
Progressives never fail to get their causation backward. Many news outlets are reporting that labor unions and union advocates are staging protests this Thursday. Reports state that fast-food workers and other low-wage employees will strike in 100 cities across the United States, demanding an increase in wages to $15 an hour. President Obama has stated that he would support a rise in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, has promised a vote on increasing the federal minimum wage by the end of this year. Does increasing the minimum wage really create a rise in our standard of living? Let's take a look.
At the outset of his presidential campaign, in 2007, Barack Obama said that he was "running in this race because of what Dr. King called 'the fierce urgency of now.' Because I believe that there's such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us."
After the bomb may come the flood. By invoking the "nuclear option" last week, the Democrat-controlled Senate has given the White House a clear but temporary path to install judicial and executive nominees who otherwise may have faced stiff opposition from Republicans.
Now, President Obama can nominate the Three Stooges to the federal bench if he wants, and get away with it.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid leaped beyond the point of no return on Thursday. Majority leaders in the past toyed with the idea of stripping the minority party of the filibuster, but they always pulled back when a cooler head prevailed. Not the senator from Las Vegas, who detonated the "nuclear option" and ended hope of collegiality returning to Capitol Hill for a very long time.
Senate Democrats on Thursday used the so-called "nuclear option" to change the chamber's long-standing rules and eliminate filibusters of presidential nominees, in a move that could further erode whatever cooperative mood was left in Washington.
"I am disappointed that despite high unemployment numbers in Nevada and across the nation, not one Republican voted to provide out-of-work Americans the support they need to make ends meet," he said.
Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, issued a statement blasting Republicans for their opposition, but he was silent on the 12 members of his caucus who also blocked the bill.