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  • May 2011

  • Mr. President, as families prepare for Memorial Day festivities, and plan outings this summer, most will be outdoors without adequate sun protection, even if they use sunscreen. This is because there are currently no rules that sunscreen makers must... Read More
  • Mr. President, I want to talk about the provisions my colleagues and I have introduced to ensure that the large oil companies of this Nation which are receiving great tax subsidies no longer receive taxpayer money to subsidize their profits, and to... Read More
  • Mr. President, today I introduce the Family Engagement in Education Act with my colleagues Senator Coons and Senator Whitehouse. I thank Representative Platts for introducing the House companion of this bipartisan bill.    Our... Read More
  • Madam President, this is not a stealth nomination. Mr. McConnell has been approved and voted by the committee three separate times. This has already lasted years. There is nothing stealthy about it. That is an exaggeration and completely... Read More
  • Madam President, I rise to join my colleague, Senator Whitehouse, in strongly supporting the nomination of Jack McConnell to be a United States district court judge for the District of Rhode Island. Indeed, as my colleague indicated, there is a big... Read More
  • Madam President, I rise today in support of the nomination of John ``Jack'' McConnell to serve as a district court judge in the State of Rhode Island. We have heard and we will hear a number of very strong statements about this nomination. I would... Read More
  • April 2011

  •    Mr. REED. Mr. President, I rise today to pay tribute to SPC Dennis ``Danny'' Poulin, a Rhode Islander who served in the Massachusetts National Guard.    On March 28, Specialist Poulin was a gunner in an MRAP when it... Read More
  •  Mr. REED. Thank you very much, Mr. President. We are on the verge of a possible government shutdown, which is extraordinarily regrettable.    Controlling the deficit and paying down the debt is a critical priority of this country... Read More
  • I am pleased to be joined by Senators Murkowski, Durbin, and Tom Udall in the introduction of the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Reauthorization.    This legislation continues the important work of my former colleague Senator Gordon Smith,... Read More
  • Mr. President, today, we are in the midst of another rapid increase in the price of oil and gas at the pump faced by our constituents. Rather than address this issue in a positive manner, we are once again debating an amendment whose authors believe... Read More
  • Mr. President, I wish to thank all my colleagues, particularly those who supported this motion to invoke cloture. Everyone brought to this floor very vigorous arguments and very clear positions.    I think what has been confirmed today... Read More
  • March 2011

  • AL HUNT, GUEST HOST: Joining me now from the Russell Rotunda is Senator « Jack » « Reed » of Rhode Island, a ranking senior Democratic member of the Armed Services Committee. I am pleased to have him back on this program.... Read More
  • WOODRUFF: For more on Libya and the president's speech, we get the views of two senators. Rhode Island Democrat « Jack » « Reed » is on the Armed Services Committee. And Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson is on the Foreign... Read More
  • WALLACE: Joining us now are two leading members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. From his home state of South Carolina, Republican Lindsey Graham, and here in the studio, Democrat « Jack » « Reed ». Senator Graham, let... Read More
  • Mr. President, today I am introducing the Preserving Homes and Communities Act. I introduced an earlier version of this legislation in 2009. I am pleased to again be joined by Senators Durbin, Leahy, Merkley, Whitehouse, and Franken as cosponsors of... Read More
  • February 2011

  • KING: And blockbuster allegations in the upcoming issue of "Rolling Stone" magazine that the U.S. military using psychological warfare to influence leading members of Congress to try to get them to approve more funding for the war in... Read More
  • JANSING: Well, on the heels of the story that ended the career of one general, Rolling Stone magazine now has explosive new allegations against another. A lieutenant colonel, the head of information operations at Camp Eggers in Kabul said a... Read More
  • Mr. President, today I introduce with my colleague, Senator Grassley, the Prescribe a Book Act. I thank Senators Begich, Blumenthal, Collins, Kerry, Lautenberg, Sanders, Stabenow, and Whitehouse for joining us as original cosponsors of this... Read More
  • Mr. President, today I pay tribute to an outstanding Rhode Islander, a Vietnam veteran, and champion of workers' rights and justice in the workplace who retired after 35 years of service--my friend, Stan Israel.    After serving two... Read More
  • December 2010

  •    Mr. President, I want to make a few observations about the continuing resolution and the appropriations process this year.    First, I want to commend Chairman Inouye for his leadership and efforts to accommodate the views and... Read More