Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he is increasingly confident the Senate can reach a compromise to avert his plan today to invoke the "Nuclear option" to make it easier to confirm presidential executive branch nominations. "We may have a way forward on this. I feel fairly confident," Reid said on the floor Tuesday morning, crediting the efforts of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to reach a deal to approve seven pending nominations to the National Labor Review Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Ref. USAToday
First on CNN: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has turned down a Russian request to meet to discuss Syria, his office says, making it unclear if any U.S. Lawmakers will sit down with a planned delegation from Moscow.
This comes less than a day after House Speaker John Boehner rejected a similar request from the Russian government.
A spokesman for the Russian embassy would not comment on the declined requests. "We are still working on the visit," Maxim Abramov said. Ref. CNN
Harry Reid on Helping Kids With Cancer: "Why Would We Want To Do That?"
With a government shutdown over the issue of Obamacare and its abortion funding occupying most of the political debate, Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid put his foot in his mouth in a big way today.
The House is set to vote today on H.J. Res. 73, the Research for Lifesaving Cures Act, which ensures funding for the National Institutes of Health during the government shutdown over the Obamacare debate, but Reid said Senate Democrats aren't interested in the House Republican bill. Ref. Source 8
ABC, NBC Ignore Harry Reid's "Why Would We Want To Do That?" Cancer and Kids Comment
Nancy Cordes stood out on Wednesday's CBS Evening News for pointing out Senator Harry Reid's eyebrow-raising "why would I want to do that" answer to a question about approving funding for cancer research for children.
Meanwhile, on NBC Nightly News, John Yang hyped how "200 patients a week"¦including about 30 children" had been turned away from "last-resort medical treatment" due to the government shutdown, without mentioning Reid's gaffe. Ref. Source 1
After Millions Lose Insurance Under Obamacare: Harry Reid: "What [Obama] Said Was True"
Millions of Americans have lost their health insurance as a result of the rules and regulations of Obamacare. But, Harry Reid is telling a local television station in his home state of Nevada that President Barack Obama's claim of "If you like your insurance you can keep it," "was true."
You just can't make this up, unless you"re Harry Reid. Ref. Source 9
Personhood USA Attacks Pro-Life Candidate Seeking to Wrest Senate Control From Harry Reid
Harry Reid has been the thorn in the side of the pro-life movement for years - preventing votes on signficant legislation that has the ability to stop abortions and stop taxpayer financing of abortions. Ref. Source 9
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid calls Bundy supporters 'domestic terrorists':
"Those people who hold themselves out to be patriots are not. They're nothing more than domestic terrorists," Reid said during an appearance at a Las Vegas Review-Journal "Hashtags & Headlines" Event at the Paris. "... I repeat: what went on up there was domestic terrorism." Ref. Source 2