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GOP legislators urge public to "fire" Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

GOP legislators urge public to "fire" Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) --Republican lawmakers on Tuesday urged Americans to vote Republican in the upcoming midterm elections with the goal being to take control of the Senate and oust Harry Reid as the Senate majority leader.
Michael Smith, Medill News Service
Senate advances $2.7 billion emergency border bill

Senate advances $2.7 billion emergency border bill

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) --A bill to provide emergency funding to handle the flood of children coming across the southern U.S. border passed a key procedural hurdle Wednesday.
Gabrielle Levy
Democrats rake in donations over impeachment chatter

Democrats rake in donations over impeachment chatter

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) --Republicans insist they have no plans to impeach President Obama, but that hasn't stopped Democrats from mentioning the possibility every chance they get.
Gabrielle Levy
McDonald promises systematic change at VA confirmation hearing

McDonald promises systematic change at VA confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) --Senators looked to the Veterans Affairs nominee, Robert McDonald, for answers as talks for a compromise to fix the troubled department have stalled.
Gabrielle Levy
Biden optimistic on VA bill, Reid doubtful

Biden optimistic on VA bill, Reid doubtful

WASHINGTON, July 21 (UPI) --Over a month after the Senate and the House each passed legislation to fix problems within the Department of Veterans Affairs, a compromise has yet to emerge.
Gabrielle Levy
Republicans shoot down Hobby Lobby reversal bill in Senate

Republicans shoot down Hobby Lobby reversal bill in Senate

WASHINGTON, July 16 (UPI) --Senate Republicans voted down a measure that would have reversed the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision.
Gabrielle Levy
First Hobby Lobby votes set for this week

First Hobby Lobby votes set for this week

WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) --Democrats are pushing forward with an effort to reverse a Supreme Court decision allowing corporations to refuse to provide contraception coverage to employees.
Gabrielle Levy
Border funding bill may hinge on 2008 trafficking law

Border funding bill may hinge on 2008 trafficking law

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) --Congress' ability to pass emergency funding to handle the undocumented children entering the U.S. may hinge on a change to a 2008 anti-trafficking law.
Gabrielle Levy
Supreme Court rules against Obama's recess appointments

Supreme Court rules against Obama's recess appointments

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) --The Supreme Court declared President Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Review Board unconstitutional.
Gabrielle Levy
Unemployment insurance fight renewed in House, Senate

Unemployment insurance fight renewed in House, Senate

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) --Bills to renew emergency unemployment insurance were introduced to revive an effort that seemed all but dead last month when a Senate-passed deal expired.
Gabrielle Levy
Congress honors MLK, Johnson on 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

Congress honors MLK, Johnson on 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) --Congress honored the work of Martin Luther King Jr. and President Lyndon Johnson on the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act.
Gabrielle Levy
Murkowski wary of Keystone XL oversell

Murkowski wary of Keystone XL oversell

WASHINGTON, June 19 (UPI) --While bipartisan leaders in a Senate committee passed a bill in support of Keystone XL, Sen. Lisa Murkowski warned against overselling the win.
Daniel J. Graeber
Obama tells leaders Iraq plan won't need congressional OK

Obama tells leaders Iraq plan won't need congressional OK

WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) --President Obama promised congressional leaders he would keep them informed on his plans for action in Iraq, but did not foresee need to ask for authorization.
Gabrielle Levy
Keystone bill passes Senate Energy Committee

Keystone bill passes Senate Energy Committee

WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) --A bill approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline passed out of a Senate committee Wednesday, but may go no further.
Gabrielle Levy
Harry Reid shoots down invite to Redskins Game

Harry Reid shoots down invite to Redskins Game

WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) --Nevada Senator Harry Reid has declined a formal invitation to attend a Washington Redskins game, saying he won't support the team until they change their name.
Matt Bradwell
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United States President Barack Obama makes a statement to the media as he meets bipartisan leaders of the Senate in the Oval Office to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy left by the retirement of Justice Stevens in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 21, 2010. From left to right: The President; U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; and U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy,D-VT, Chairman, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. UPI/Ron Sachs/Pool
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Harry Mason Reid (born December 2, 1939) is the senior United States Senator from Nevada, serving since 1987. A member of the Democratic Party, he has been the Senate Majority Leader since January 2007, having previously served as Minority Leader and Minority and Majority Whip.

Previously, Reid was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Nevada's 1st congressional district, and served in Nevada local and state government as city attorney of Henderson, a state legislator, Lieutenant Governor, and chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission.

Reid was born in Searchlight, Nevada, the third of the four sons of Inez Orena Jaynes, a laundress, and Harry Vincent Reid, a miner. His paternal grandmother was an English immigrant from Darlston, Staffordshire. Reid's boyhood home had no indoor toilet, hot water or telephone. Searchlight had no high school, so Reid boarded with relatives 40 miles away in Henderson, Nevada to attend Basic High School where he played football, and was an amateur boxer. While at Basic High he met future Nevada governor Mike O'Callaghan, who was a teacher there. Reid attended Southern Utah University and graduated from Utah State University. He then went to George Washington University Law School earning a J.D. while working for the United States Capitol Police.

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