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  • August 2009

  • Bloomberg TV
    BETTY LIU, BLOOMBERG NEWS: Well at the top of the hour, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke heads back up to the Hill for his second day of testimony in front of Congress, this time on the Senate side. What so the Senators want to hear that's different from... Read More
  • MR. REED: Mr. President, today I am introducing the Keep Americans Working Act, legislation to strengthen and expand work share programs to keep Americans working and provide employers with an alternative to layoffs. This legislation allows employers... Read More
  • MR. REED: Mr. President, the nomination before us of Sonia Sotomayor to replace Associate Justice David Souter is of great importance. The Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter of justice in the land. Therefore, this is one of the most consequential... Read More
  • MR. REED: Madam President, I rise to oppose the amendment that is currently before us, which would eliminate funding for the , including one in Providence, RI. First, this issue hinges on several critical factors. One is, ultimately, public safety.... Read More
  • MR. REED: Mr. President, I wish to make a few comments on the bill. First, let me commend Chairman Dorgan and Senator Bennett for their excellent work, not only on this legislation but also on the Recovery Act that was passed a few months ago. Both... Read More
  • July 2009

  • MR. REED: Mr. President, today I introduce the Zero Tolerance for Veteran Homelessness Act. This comprehensive bill enhances and expands the assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development... Read More
  • MR. REED: Madam President, I rise in opposition to the Ensign amendment. This amendment would fund the unemployment compensation trust fund by taking unobligated money from the recovery package. It is ironic that one of the major tools we are using... Read More
  • Mr. President, today I join my colleague, Senator Burr, in reintroducing the Services for Ending Long-Term Homelessness Act, SELHA. It is estimated that between 2.5 and 3.5 million Americans experience a period of homelessness in a given year. With... Read More
  • ED SCHULTZ, HOST: Joining me now is Senator Jack Reed, with us tonight, who is on the HELP Committee. And what we have here is weve got the Senate Finance Committee coming out with one thing, weve got the Senate HELP Committee coming out with... Read More
  • WOLF BLITZER, CNN: Here to talk about the president's health care goals and other issues are Democratic Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas. And they're both members of the appropriations committee.... Read More
  • MR. REED: Madam President, I rise in support of the Lieberman-McCain amendment. I commend both of them for their efforts in this regard. This represents part of what I believe Secretary Gates is trying to do, which is to focus on immediate... Read More
  • Mr. President, I rise in support of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2010. First I wish to speak briefly about the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Unfortunately, we have seen far too many cases of these types of... Read More
  • June 2009

  • Mr. President, today I pay tribute to the long and distinguished service of chief warrant officer and ancient keeper, Kevin J. Galvin of the U.S. Coast Guard. For over 30 years, Chief Warrant Officer Galvin has served proudly in our Nation's Coast... Read More
  • Mr. President, today I am introducing the Success in the Middle Act, which will help provide new support for raising student achievement in the middle grades. I thank Senators Klobuchar, Stabenow, Whitehouse, and Lautenberg for joining me as original... Read More
  • Mr. President, today I introduce with my colleague, Senator Grassley, the Prescribe A Book Act. I thank Senators Akaka, Bayh, Collins, Kerry, Lautenberg, Leahy, Lincoln, Lugar, Murray, Stabenow, and Whitehouse for joining us as original cosponsors of... Read More
  • MSNBC Live
    SAVANNAH GUTHRIE, MSNBC ANCHOR: The crackdown continues in the streets of Iran today as government security forces try to block thousands of protesters demanding a new election there. This, as another mass gathering, is planned for tomorrow, one week... Read More
  • Mr. President, today I introduce the Private Fund Transparency Act of 2009, which requires investment advisers to private funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, and others, to register with the Securities and... Read More
  • MR. REED: Madam President, I rise to recognize and honor the significant accomplishments of Special Olympics Rhode Island executive director Mike McGovern. Mike is retiring this month after 21 years of working to expand opportunities for Rhode... Read More
  • MR. REED: Mr. President, today I introduce, along with Senators Murkowski and Whitehouse, the Community Mental Health Services Improvement Act. For decades, we have known that people suffering from mental illness die sooner--on average 25 years... Read More
  • MR. REED: Madam President, I rise today in support of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, but first, I would like to take a moment to recognize the outstanding leadership of Chairman Kennedy on this important public health issue.... Read More