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  • December 2011

  • Mr. President, I rise today to urge my colleagues to immediately extend the payroll tax cut and to fully continue jobless benefits for millions of Americans. In less than 3 weeks 160 million Americans face an automatic tax increase and millions of... Read More
  • Mr. President, I wish to thank the chairman for his leadership on this important issue and so many others before the Banking Committee.    Since September 2008, we have learned many hard lessons about the factors that contributed to the... Read More
  • Mr. President, today I am introducing the bipartisan LIHEAP Protection Act, along with my colleagues Senator Snowefrom Maine and Senator Sandersfrom Vermont, and many of our colleagues on both sides of the aisle. I am pleased to see such broad... Read More
  • Madam President, I rise today to urge my colleagues to extend and expand the payroll tax cut and to fully extend unemployment compensation insurance immediately. The payroll tax cut and full extension of unemployment insurance are two of our best... Read More
  • November 2011

  • WASHINGTON, DC - TODAY at 1:30 p.m. in the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) joined unemployed workers, labor activists, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, and members of Congress in calling for the renewal of federal unemployment insurance... Read More
  • National Guard
    Mr. President, I thank you, and I thank the Senator from Delaware.    As I have indicated, I would like to make some comments about how I think we can improve and clarify the legislation that was adopted last evening by unanimous... Read More
  • Mr. President, today I am introducing the PCAOB Enforcement Transparency Act of 2011 along with Senator Grassley.    One of the largest securities frauds in history began unraveling in August 2001 when an Enron vice president expressed... Read More
  • Mr. President, I rise in support of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. I wish to commend Senator Levin and Senator McCain for their leadership in bringing this piece of legislation to the floor. All my colleagues in the... Read More
  • I rise to underscore a crucial challenge facing our Nation. There are 14 million Americans who are looking for work. Six million have been unemployed for more than 6 months, and the average length of unemployment is 40 weeks, the longest average in... Read More
  • Mr. President, today I introduce the National Guard Technician Equity Act to correct inconsistencies in the dual-status technician program.    Over 48,000 National Guard dual-status technicians serve our Nation. They are a distinct... Read More
  • Mr. President, I rise in strong opposition to the proposal by Senator Paul to preempt the implementation of the cross-state air pollution rule.    We recognize throughout this country our extraordinary employment challenges--in Rhode... Read More
  • Mr. President, I rise specifically to speak in strong support of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. This legislation incorporates key components of the American Jobs Act and other bipartisan proposals designed to help veterans find jobs, including... Read More
  • Mr. President, I rise in support of the Rebuild America Jobs Act because it responds to two critical needs: the jobs crisis we face throughout this country and the need to improve our national infrastructure, which is obvious to everyone, in every... Read More
  • Madam President, I rise to pay tribute to John Hardiman, public defender for the State of Rhode Island, who passed away several days ago.    John was, frankly, the finest public servant I have ever seen in my entire career, as a... Read More
  • Mr. President, today I am introducing the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2011 to ensure that millions of unemployed Americans will not lose desperately needed unemployment benefits and to provide relief to states and employers... Read More
  • October 2011

  • Mr. President, today I am introducing legislation for the creation of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, along with my colleagues from Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Senators Whitehouse, Kerry, and Scott Brown. Our... Read More
  • Mr. President, since World War II the United States has traded away American jobs in the name of foreign policy by entering into bilateral and multilateral trade agreements.    With a 9.1 percent national unemployment rate, 14 million... Read More
  • Mr. President, I wish to join Chairman Levin in his plea that we be allowed to consider this legislation. The greatest crisis we face in the United States, for families all across the country, is jobs. The President has proposed a bill that is going... Read More
  • Mr. President, today I introduce the Effective Teaching and Leading Act to foster the development of highly skilled and effective educators.    We are working towards reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act--ESEA--this... Read More
  • Madam President, as a cosponsor, I rise today in strong support of the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act. This is a bipartisan effort that will protect U.S. manufacturers from economic harm caused by unfair and damaging currency... Read More