The American people do not like privatization. They are afraid of the debt the president's willing to do. And they don't like benefit cuts. And everyone here should understand all 45 Senate Democrats are united. We are not going to let this happen.— Harry Reid
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Obama a ‘light-skinned’ African-American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.
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Now that our troops are mired in a dangerous effort to defeat the insurgency and are also trying to help rebuild the country, Americans of all political persuasions simply want the United States to succeed and our troops to be as safe as possible.
I was born and raised in the high desert of Nevada in a tiny town called Searchlight. My dad was a hard rock miner. My mom took in wash. I grew up around people of strong values - even if they rarely talked about them.
We in the Senate refer to Sen. Gillibrand as the hottest member.
The Supreme Court would benefit from the addition of a justice who has real experience as a practicing lawyer. The current justices have all been chosen from the lower federal courts. A nominee with relevant non-judicial experience would bring a different and useful perspective to the court.
Coal makes us sick. Oil makes us sick. It’s global warming. It’s ruining our country. It’s ruining our world.
This nation has been through hard times.
But those hard times have hardened our resolve. Im ready to do the difficult work ahead. But I want to do that work with Barack Obama, and not a Tea Party ideologue. We can move America forward, but we can only do it together.
The cold war was the longest war in United States history.
Because of the nuclear capabilities of our enemy it was the most dangerous conflict our country ever faced. Those that won this war did so in obscurity. Those that gave their lives in the cold war have never been properly honored.
So the next thing I assume I'll be hearing from Republicans, they want to change rules some way, as they do on the House when you get a problem with ethics, they just change the rules.
People in Nevada know me from the street to the ring to the Senate chambers.
I've never had to prove my manhood to anyone.
I am convinced that I do not want to give up more power to the White House, whether it's George Bush or Barack Obama. And I'm going to fight as hard as I can against President Obama on these earmarks and my Republican colleagues who hate to vote for them, but love to get them.
We can move America forward with a strong middle class.
We can move America forward with a strong Democratic majority in the Senate. And together we can move America forward with Barack Obama in the White House.
I hopes the candidate [Donald Trump] is given fake intelligence briefings .
.. because you can't trust him.
He [Barack Obama] was light-skinned with no Negro dialect.
Social Security is not in crisis. It's a crisis the president's created, period.
You know with a bully you cannot let them slap you around, because they slap you around today, they slap you five or six times tomorrow. We are not going to be bullied.
We found ourselves in a hole that I didn't dig, but I have dug, dug and dug to try to get out of that hole.
There is no more important task in Washington than cleaning up the culture of corruption. Yet the president - whose White House has become the cradle of Republican corruption - is not taking responsibility for the costs of that corruption.
This war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything.
Enforcement alone does not work. Unless we address the gap between our immigration laws and reality, illegal immigration will not stop and the situation on the border will continue to be chaotic.
My staff tells me not to say this, but I'm going to say it anyway.
In the summer because of the heat and high humidity, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol. It may be descriptive but it's true.
I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and - you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows - (know) this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq yesterday.
Men, when they're out of work, tend to become abusive.
Now remember, we've already done more than a billion dollars worth of cuts.
We've already done that. So we need to get some credit for that.
There's a lot we can do to improve American's retirement security, but it's wrong to replace the guaranteed benefit that Americans have earned with a guaranteed benefit cut of forty percent or more.
Anarchists have taken over (the GOP).
For senators to complain that they didn't know this was happening, we had many, many meetings that have been both classified and unclassified that members have been invited to.
President Bush is a liar. He betrayed Nevada and he betrayed the country... All Americans should be concerned, not just because he lied to me or the people of Nevada and indeed all Americans, but because the President's decision threatens Americans' lives.
I mean, that is a mop of real hair. He has hair like a 15-year-old ... and so, I have to acknowledge I am a little envious of his hair.
Legislation is the art of compromise.
The Iraq war can only be won diplomatically, politically and economically, and the president needs to come to that realization.
I can't stand John McCain.
The man's father is a wonderful human being. I think this guy is a loser.
[Social Security ] is not in crisis at this stage.
Leave Social Security alone. We have a lot of other places we can look that is in crisis. But Social Security is not.
We would be somewhat foolish to work out something on stopping us from going over the cliff and then a month or six weeks later Republicans pull the same game they did before and say, 'We're not going to do anything - unless this happens, we're not going to agree to increasing the debt ceiling.' I agree with the president, it has to be a package deal.
He [Mitt Romney] didn't pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that's true? Well, I'm not certain, but obviously he can't release those tax returns. How would it look?
They've lost their minds.
I take the threat of terrorism very seriously, and no one is more committed to hunting down terrorists and bringing them to justice, wherever they live, than I am.
It is no surprise that the Republican-controlled Senate intelligence committee has once again caved in to the wishes of the White House and refused even to open an investigation. We cannot effectively legislate on the NSA spying issue if we do not know the facts, and we will not know them if the Republican-controlled intelligence committee persists in refusing to do its job.
If you have a problem where you have just poverty, long-term insurance benefits for an emergency aren't going to solve that either. You have got to fix the social safety net.
There was not a word of apology, not a word of explanation to the American people. The president's going to have to get a touch of reality.
My Republican friends are lamenting reconciliation.
But I would recommend for them to go back and look at history.
We stopped the fighting in 1991 on an agreement that Iraq would take steps to assure the world that it would not engage in further aggression and that it would destroy its weapons of mass destruction. It has refused to take those steps. That refusal constitutes a breach of the armistice which renders it void and justifies resumption of the armed conflict.
It's been obvious that [Republicans]'re doing everything they can to make [Obama] fail. And I hope, I hope - and I say this seriously - I hope that's based on substance and not the fact that he's African-American.
We must stop the Tea Party before the United States Senate falls into the hands of extremists and ideologues who leave no room for reason or compromise, who dont recognize common ground even when theyre standing on it.
We're going to hear an earful, but it's going to be an earful of wonderment and happiness that people waited for for a long time.
We all know if we change the bill, it's gone.
It's time that America's government lived by the same values as America's families. It's time we invested in America's future and made sure our people have the skills to compete and thrive in a 21st century economy. That's what Democrats believe.