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  • November 2013

  • Mr. REED. Mr. President, I rise to express my deepest sympathy to the senior Senator from Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe and his wife Kay on the sudden and untimely loss of their son, Dr. Perry Inhofe, this weekend in a plane crash. I extend my... Read More
  • Mr. REED. Madam President, it is clear we have honest disagreements about how we should address our budget. I believe the path forward should be fair and balanced. That is not what we have seen to date. We have enacted $2.4 trillion in deficit... Read More
  • October 2013

  • Mr. REED. Mr. President, I rise today to discuss the twin manufactured crises that are facing the country: A hobbled government and the threat of default. I have seen some describe this as a game, and I have heard others say it is just partisanship... Read More
  • Mr. REED. Mr. President, I rise today to discuss the twin manufactured crises that are facing the country: A hobbled government and the threat of default. I have seen some describe this as a game, and I have heard others say it is just partisanship... Read More
  • Mr. REED. Mr. President, we are 5 days into the government shutdown, but unfortunately there has been no progress in resolving this issue. I disagree with some policies championed by my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, and indeed I... Read More
  • Mr. REED. Mr. President, first let me commend the chairwoman for her extraordinary leadership in so many different ways, including her articulate explanation of the crisis we face at the moment and her compelling argument that a piecemeal approach to... Read More
  • September 2013

  • Mr. REED. Mr. President, I will begin where Senator Pryor left off, and that is to commend our chairwoman for her extraordinary leadership--not only on behalf of her constituents but for the Nation. These are very difficult times, and we all feel... Read More
  • July 2013

  •    Mr. REED. Mr. President, over the last few weeks many of my colleagues have been engaged in a very serious, very deliberate, very thoughtful attempt to deal with the issue of student loan interest rates, which doubled July 1 for... Read More
  • Mr. REED. I wish to thank the Senator from Utah for graciously allowing me to proceed. While the Republicans failed to join us in an effort to avert the doubling of the interest rate on need-based student loans, there is still time to act to make... Read More
  • June 2013

  •     Mr. REED.  Mr. President, I rise to add my support to S. 744, the comprehensive immigration bill we have been debating over the past week.     I first wish to thank the eight Senators who came together to draft... Read More
  • Mr. President, let me first commend Senator Warren for her very thoughtful discussion on this increasingly important topic of student debt and her efforts to assist us in extending the current interest rate of 3.4 percent while we work on a much... Read More
  • BOB SCHIEFFER: And we're back now with Senator Jack Reed. He is one of the senior Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee. He's home in Providence, Rhode Island, this morning. Senator Reed, you heard Senator McCain. What is your thought on a... Read More
  • March 2013

  • Mr. REED. Mr. President, Senator Inhofe is proposing a very sweeping amendment that would affect a rule the EPA has developed over the normal rulemaking process, with notice and comments over many, many, many months. It is scheduled to go into effect... Read More
  • Madam President, I rise to speak today in opposition to the Cruz amendment, which would prohibit any funding in the continuing resolution from being used to carry out the goals of the Affordable Care Act. The broad scope of this amendment clearly... Read More
  • Mr. President, first, let me commend the Senator from Illinois for a very thoughtful statement about the pending appropriations bill, particularly with respect to the funding of the Department of Defense. I wish to spend a moment to talk about... Read More
  • February 2013

  • Madam President, I rise as chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee to highlight the urgency and importance of addressing sequestration.  These imminent cuts will have real impacts on the environment and on thousands of jobs related... Read More
  • CROWLEY: The nation's top military leaders raising the alarm bell before automatic budget cuts go into effect March 1st.Joining me now, Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan, thank you both so much.It's -- we had... Read More
  • SCHIEFFER: Today on Face the Nation, blizzards, drones, and cyberattacks, and yes, there's more. Still recovering from super storm Sandy, the heavily populated northeast was pounded by a monster blizzard that stretched from New Jersey to Canada.... Read More
  • December 2012

  • Mr. President, I want to join Senator Whitehouse in commending the Presiding Officer for his underlying legislation, along with Senator Isakson, and commend my colleague and friend, Senator Whitehouse, for his leadership on this issue, and begin... Read More
  • Mr. President, I rise, as so many of my colleagues have, to mourn and pay tribute to Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii.    He was a giant of the Senate. He was an individual whose courage, whose compassion, and whose commitment to this... Read More