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  • April 2012

  • Mr. President, last month, my State was hit by the worst nonhurricane floods in the history of the State, at least in the last 200 years.    Our Governor has preliminarily assessed the damage in the hundreds of millions of dollars, which is... Read More
  • Mr. REED. Mr. President, we are engaged in a very important debate while the clock is ticking on literally the future of the postal service.    I want to alert my colleagues to another issue that is rapidly approaching. On July 1, if... Read More
  • March 2012

  • Mr. President, I rise today, along with my colleague from Rhode Island, to pay tribute to SGT Dennis Weichel, a Rhode Islander who served in the Rhode Island National Guard.    On March 22, Sergeant Weichel was in a convoy with his unit in... Read More
  • Mr. President, today I introduce, along with my colleague, Senator Stabenow, the Community-Based Mental Health Infrastructure Improvements Act.    According to the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, 38,000 adults and 11,000 children... Read More
  • Mr. President, I rise to join many of my colleagues in support of the efforts to stop wasting taxpayer money subsidizing oil executives' huge profits. We need to end these wasteful handouts, reduce the deficit, and develop clean energy... Read More
  • Mr. President, on April 5, the extension that was recently voted for extended unemployment compensation benefits will expire. We need to at least provide for a temporary extension while we await the resolution of a much broader piece of legislation... Read More
  • JOBS Act
    Mr. President, this is a critical moment. The Senate is on the verge of adopting legislation that could cost the American people dearly in the future. The House bill with respect to capital formation, which is labeled a jobs bill, but goes more to... Read More
  • Mr. President, I rise, along with so many colleagues, to pay tribute to Senator Barbara Mikulski, an extraordinary woman and Senator, someone who has become the longest serving woman in the history of the Senate, indeed, in the history of the... Read More
  • JOBS Act
    Mr. President, I commend Senator Merkley and Senator Bennet for their extraordinary work, indeed, in collaboration I believe with our colleague Senator Brown from Massachusetts to make significant improvements in the crowdfunding provisions of the... Read More
  • JOBS Act
    Mr. President, I rise again today to discuss H.R. 3606, the so-called JOBS Act. As chair of the Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment, I want all of my colleagues to know that this legislation, as it is currently drafted, is... Read More
  • JOBS Act
    Mr. President, I thank the majority leader. I rise because in a moment we will be voting on the Reed-Landrieu-Levin substitute amendment. This legislation corrects glaring defects in the House-proposed bill on a so-called jobs bill. It protects... Read More
  • JOBS Act
    Mr. President, today I rise to discuss H.R. 3606, the so-called JOBS Act. As chairman of the Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment of the Senate Banking Committee, I wish all of my colleagues to know this legislation, as it is... Read More
  • JOBS Act
    Mr. President, today I rise to discuss H.R. 3606, the so-called JOBS Act. As chairman of the Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment of the Senate Banking Committee, I wish all of my colleagues to know this legislation, as it is... Read More
  • Madam President, I yield the floor. Mr. REED. Mr. President, the House of Representatives has just passed H.R. 3606, which is styled as a capital formation bill, but it is fundamentally flawed. As more and more people have looked closely at the bill,... Read More
  • Mr. President, I introduce the Project Rebuild Act today, and I thank Senators Durbin, Schumer, Leahy, Akaka, Sherrod Brown, Whitehouse, Merkley, Begich, Franken, and Blumenthal for joining me as original cosponsors of this bill.    Rhode... Read More
  • February 2012

  • U.S. Senator Jack Reed will discuss efforts to provide homeowner relief with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and other federal officials tomorrow at a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Hearing. Read More
  • Mr. President: I rise today to pay tribute to former Rhode Island Governor J. Joseph Garrahy, who passed away last week at the age of 81.  Joe Garrahy loved Rhode Island, and in turn, the people of Rhode Island loved Joe Garrahy. His... Read More
  • January 2012

  • Mr. President, today I introduce with my colleagues Senators Whitehouse, Sanders, Stabenow, and Franken legislation to stop the student loan interest rate from doubling on July 1 of this year.    This is an issue that weighs heavily on many... Read More
  • December 2011

  • Mr. President, today I voted to prevent a tax increase on the middle class and to continue jobless benefits for millions of Americans and thousands of Rhode Islanders. Unfortunately, despite my and many of my colleagues' best efforts, this bill is... Read More
  • Mr. President, as chairman of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, I would like to take a few moments to highlight some of the provisions of the Interior division of the Consolidated Appropriations Act for fiscal year... Read More