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AIR DATE: April 11, 2013

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Sen. Harry Reid

Reid Hints at "Nuclear Option" for Judicial Nominations

by MARIE ANDRUSEWICZ -- In an interview with Nevada Public Radio, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that he has not ruled out altering Senate rules to speed up Senate judicial nominations.

“All within the sound of my voice, including my Democratic senators and the Republican senators who I serve with, should understand that we as a body have the power on any given day to change the rules with a simple majority, and I will do that if necessary,” Reid says.

The "nuclear option" for a Senate Majority leader dates back to 2005, when a Republican Majority leader--Bill Frist--threatened to do away with delay tactics in the Senate rules, unless Democrats dropped opposition to a number of President George W. Bush's judicial nominees.

At the time, Reid opposed such an action by Frist. But these days Reid has his own concerns about vacant judicial posts, as well as other federal appointments being held up by Republican Senators, such as the nomination of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He appears to be considering options to speed up the process.

“I’m a very patient man. Last Congress and this Congress, we had the opportunity to make some big changes. We made changes, but the time will tell whether they’re big enough. I’m going to wait and build a case,” Reid says. “If the Republicans in the Senate don’t start approving some judges and don’t start helping get some of these nominations done, then we’re going to have to take more action.”

Reid Might Back Obama’s Plan To Cut Programs In Exchange For Higher Taxes

The interview also marks a tactical shift on federal entitlement programs.

Next week, President Obama will put forth a budget that includes cuts to Social Security and Medicare, with the intent of wearing down Republican reluctance to raise taxes.

Reid is cautious on this question, but allows that there may be room for cuts to Medicare.

“I think there’s a lot more that we can do. I personally think that these people who are called medical device manufacturers – what a rip-off that is. There are huge amounts of money we can save with Medicare,” says Reid.

The senator also says he admires Gov. Sandoval for making changes to the delivery of Medicaid.

On raising taxes, Reid says “I’m always willing to have more taxes from people who can afford them.”

Reid Blames Tea Party For Sluggish Job Growth, Crumbling Infrastructure

Reid told Nevada Public Radio that the seven million jobs created in the private sector post recession aren’t enough to compensate for massive job cuts in the government sector, losses he blames on the “government-hating Tea Party” and their refusal to invest in infrastructure.

“Everyone knows the problems – we have roads crumbling, bridges in need of repair. We have sewer systems that need work,” says Reid. “And the Republicans refuse to allow money to be spent on that.”

For every billion dollars spent on building a road or a highway, it creates 47,500 high-paying jobs, and thousands of other jobs that aren’t as high paying, says the senator.

“That’s what we need, that would be a shot in the arm,” says Reid.

According to today’s unemployment figures, job growth remains sluggish, with employers adding just 88,000 jobs in March.

Gun Legislation: Backround checks, School Safety, Size Of Magazines All On Table

Senator Reid hopes that “significant” advances will be made in gun legislation, but adds that significant is a relative term.

“We’re going to do something about safety in schools, that’s a Boxer provision. We’re going to do something with background checks. Is it going to be the background checks reported out of the judicial committee? I hope so.”

Reid says Congress will also vote on the size of magazine clips, a factor he says weighed heavily in the James Holmes rampage in Aurora.

“Remember that guy in Colorado? One of his weapons had a magazine that held one hundred bullets. That jammed. Had that not jammed the carnage would have been worse than it was,” says Reid.

Reid To NV Energy On Getting Rid Of Coal-Fired Plants: “Finally.”

A long-time opponent of coal-fired plants, Reid said he’d prefer it if the coal plants stopped “tomorrow,” but he’s satisfied with NV Energy’s plan to phase out the plants over time, replacing coal with more renewable energy sources like solar.

“Did I get everything I wanted? No. Do I think progress is being made by NV Energy led by Michael Yackira? Yes,” says Reid.

Reid also would have preferred more solar in NV Energy’s plan – 1200 megawatts over the 600 proposed by NV Energy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    Reid says. If the Republicans in the Senate dont start approving some judges and dont start helping get some of these nominations done, then were going to have to take more action. So he wants a rubber stamp? They MUST a[[rove because Harry says so? This is why our forefathers, wisely established a system of checks and balances so madmen like Harry Reid can't make decisions on their own. The Judiciary is already too left leaning so I think Harry had better nominate someone with some balance if he is seeking approval.
    notuApr 9, 2013 09:32:25 AM
    Please, Harry, just shut up. You have had the power to put an end to the constant obstructionism, but have done nothing except issue empty threats, again and again. And again. If you're going to do something, the time has long since passed to do so. Rather than continuing to issue threats that we all know that you have no intention of making good on, we would really prefer if you just put a sock in it, rather than reminding us of your impotence.
    makApr 8, 2013 10:06:04 AM
    Obstructionism? Only the current breed of petulant, untractable Liberals view DISSENT as obstruction. Learn the difference and grow up.
    notuApr 9, 2013 09:46:05 AM
    I wish politicians actually read the Bill of Rights. 'Shall not be infringed'.... Pretty simple really. And before someone tries to bring up 'regulated': 1. 'Regulated' is talking about the militia. People who earned good grades in English 101 will be able to get that. 2. A ban is not 'regulation'.
    RonApr 7, 2013 05:00:22 AM
    NPR...typical liberal douchebags. Way to go morons!!!!!!
    Chris EatonApr 6, 2013 21:37:30 PM
    HAAAAA! HAAAAA!
    TeflonronApr 6, 2013 20:42:51 PM
    Harry, how are you going to vote on magazine capacity limits without voting on "assault weapons"? The two items are on the same bill. Are you going to "amend it" through congress. I can see you doing that; scratch the "assault weapons" portion and keep the magazine limits. That sounds like it would be about your speed. Let me guess you'll do it at 2 AM to boot and call it a compromise. No thanks. I'll keep my magazines.
    EDSAApr 6, 2013 20:19:48 PM
    Mr. Reid adds up the numbers he was talking about, "1 Billion in money spent on infrastructure creates 47,500 jobs, and 1000s of other low paying jobs". because 1 Billion divided into 47,500 is 21,631 dollars. thats not including money needed for materials. further more the size of gov. (including inflation and population growth) has grown 400% since the 1950s. so maybe Mr. Reid can explain to us why Gov. needs to spend 400% more today then in the 1950s. and yet You want to spend even more.
    BRIAN PETERSONApr 5, 2013 22:42:18 PM
    Senator Reid fails to grasp the fact that one's odds of being killed by a nut with a gun are essentially ZERO, while one's odds of being killed by one's own government are about 1 in 400 (200 million people murdered in the 20th century alone). That's why we have the 2nd amendment! As for infrastructure jobs, I would point out that if they were done paying true market rates rather than the ridiculous "prevailing wage" rates pushed by the unions and governments, we would for the exact same money get 5 to 10 times the infrastructure and 5 to 10 times the jobs.
    Tim HuntApr 5, 2013 14:59:45 PM
    Senator Reid, we need to do away with the NRA influence on a state and federal level. Nevada has some of the most lax gun laws in the country which contributes to some of the highest domestic violence homicide rates involving women, gun trafficking, and higher gun violence for all, not only on a state, but federal level due to ease of purchase and distribution from Nevada to other locations. Thank you.
    LeslieApr 5, 2013 09:35:45 AM
    Leslie...you are the typical brainless liberal idiot. Move to California so you can procreate with more of your own kind.
    Chris EatonApr 6, 2013 21:39:49 PM
    None of the proposed gun control legislation will have prevented any of the mass shooting incidents. The previous assault weapons ban did not stop Columbine. We need to stop scapegoating the law abiding citizens and address mental health in America.
    TedApr 5, 2013 09:29:08 AM
    Harry Reid says, in this interview, "...they have thousands of rounds of ammunition,...1600 rounds..." That is hundreds, Senator, not thousands. Don't make things sound bigger than they are. Most gun owners have 1000-5000 rounds; they can purchase their ammo at a better price this way, as well as have some for the last minute weekend range visit. You see, every congress speaks about gun control, it becomes impossible to find ammo. So, purchase when you can. Your campaign against guns is full of exaggerations and statistics blown out of proportion. Stop the games.
    EWApr 5, 2013 09:28:45 AM
    I don't think that he even understood that Lanza didn't buy the guns he used. How can you fix a problem that you don't understand? It's like trying to put out a grease fire in a kitchen in a hotel by turning on every sprinkler on the property.
    TedApr 5, 2013 09:38:56 AM
    Adam Lanza did have thousands of rounds...
    LeslieApr 5, 2013 09:44:13 AM
    Anyone that shoots on a regular basis has thousands of rounds of ammunition.
    TedApr 5, 2013 09:56:13 AM
    Leslie shows her typical liberal ignorance yet again. As well as a complete inability to count. Must be a product of public schools. Way to go Leslie!!!!!!!!!!!
    Chris EatonApr 6, 2013 21:42:04 PM
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