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  • December 2012

  • Madam President, I rise today to speak about the real-world consequences of failing to achieve a fair and balanced solution to avert the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that would otherwise occur at the end of December--the end of this... Read More
  • Madam President, we all recognize the country faces many challenges. Too many of our neighbors are still looking for work, and too often those with a job have not seen a raise in quite some time. Indeed, for many years people in Rhode Island and... Read More
  • November 2012

  • Mr. President, I rise today in support of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. I wish to commend the work of my colleagues on the committee, particularly Chairman Levin, who is here, and Ranking Member McCain, for their... Read More
  • August 2012

  • Madam President, first, let me express my disappointment that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle blocked consideration of vitally important cyber security legislation. The Secretary of Defense, when asked about a potential threat to the... Read More
  • July 2012

  • Mr. President, before I begin my remarks with respect to the current debate, let me pay tribute to Officer Jacob J. Chestnut and Detective John M. Gibson of the Capitol Police, and to all of the Capitol Police officers, men and women who protect us... Read More
  • Mr. President, I rise today to join my colleagues in supporting the DISCLOSE Act. I commend Senator Blumenthal for his extraordinarily insightful and articulate words with respect to this critical issue. I particularly wish to commend the Senator... Read More
  • Mr. President, I rise today in support of the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act. This is a tough economy for a lot of people across the United States. It is especially difficult in my home State of Rhode Island, and that is why I support the... Read More
  • Mr. President, I want to commend the Senator from Colorado, Senator Udall, for his leadership on this very important issue.  I also want to commend my colleague Senator Whitehouse, who has been extraordinarily effective as a national leader on... Read More
  • June 2012

  • Mr. President, 1972 was a watershed year for expanding educational opportunities in this country. The Education Amendments of 1972 included title IX--now known as the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act--guaranteeing educational... Read More
  • Madam President, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012, also known as the farm bill, makes some strides in reforming agriculture policy and subsidies. However, in my view, these reforms are not sufficient. Moreover, the bill contains... Read More
  • Madam President, we are running out of time. The interest rate on subsidized student loans is set to double in just over 2 weeks. This will hit middle-class families hard at a time when they are dealing with the devastating effects of the most severe... Read More
  • May 2012

  • Madam President, I am pleased that last night, my amendment, No. 2126, which would ensure that there are no future delays on the implementation of new sunscreen labeling and testing standards, was adopted as part of the Food and Drug Administration... Read More
  •    Mr. President, I rise today in support of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, which is pending before the Senate this week.    This legislation will give the FDA, through five agreements made between the... Read More
  • Madam President, today I congratulate the Salve Regina University men's rugby team for winning the 2012 National Small College Rugby Organization's Division III National Championship on April 29, 2012, in Glendale, CO.    The Salve... Read More
  •    Mr. REED. Mr. President, unless we act quickly, students across the country will face the largest increase of subsidized student loan interest rates in more than 40 years. In the last 40 years, the interest rates on subsidized... Read More
  •  Mr. REED. Madam President, in less than 2 months--53 days--the interest rate on subsidized student loans will double to 6.8 percent unless Congress acts. If the rate on subsidized Stafford loans is allowed to rise, as many as 7.4 million... Read More
  • Mr. REED. Mr. President, the vote we will take today will affect millions of Americans. If we do not enact legislation before July 1 of this year, approximately 7.4 million students will see the interest rate on their student loans... Read More
  • April 2012

  • Mr. REED. Mr. President, after months of working to ensure that the subsidized student loan interest rate does not double this summer, I think we finally have reached a consensus--middle-income families in America cannot afford a huge increase, a... Read More
  •    Mr. REED. Mr. President, I rise today, along with the Presiding Officer, my colleague, Senator Whitehouse, to pay my respect and honor the life of Sergeant Maxwell R. Dorley, a distinguished and beloved member of the Providence... Read More
  • Mr. REED. Mr. President, I rise today, along with my colleague, the Presiding Officer, to pay tribute to Lance Corporal Abraham Tarwoe, a Rhode Islander who served in the U.S. Marine Corps.    On April 12, Lance Corporal Tarwoe was... Read More