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Sen. Harry Reid Will Not Seek Re-Election in 2016: VIDEO


Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will not seek re-election next year, The New York Times reports:

Mr. Reid, 75, who suffered serious eye and facial injuries in a Jan. 1 exercise accident at his Las Vegas home, said he had been contemplating retiring from the Senate for months. He said his decision was not attributable either to the accident or to his demotion to minority leader after Democrats lost the majority in November’s midterm elections.

“I understand this place,” Mr. Reid said. “I have quite a bit of power as minority leader.”

He has already confounded the new Republican majority this year by holding Democrats united against a proposal to gut the Obama administration’s immigration policies as well as a human-trafficking measure Democrats objected to over an anti-abortion provision.

“I want to be able to go out at the top of my game,” said Mr. Reid, who used a sports metaphor about athletes who try to hang on too long. “I don’t want to be a 42-year-old trying to become a designated hitter.”

Watch Reid's retirement message, AFTER THE JUMP...

The NYT adds Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is considered the favorite to succeed Reid as party leader and former Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez is considered a strong candidate to vie for his Senate seat.

Reid has served as a U.S. Senator since 1987.

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Harry Reid Spent New Years In the Hospital After Breaking Ribs and Facial Bones in Exercising Accident

Outgoing Senate Majority leader Harry Reid was kept overnight in a Nevada hospital after breaking "a number of ribs and bones in his face" while exercising, CNN reports:

ReidThe Nevada Democrat was using a piece of equipment to exercise on Thursday when it broke, causing him to fall.

His doctors expect a full recovery, and he's set to return to Washington over the weekend before the Senate reconvenes next week.

According to the statement, the Senate Democratic Leader was treated and admitted overnight as a precaution at University Medical Center in Las Vegas after first being transported to St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson by his security detail.

Harry Reid Moves Toward 'Nuclear Option' on Filibuster Reform: VIDEO


This morning in the U.S. Senate, Harry Reid ripped the Republican party for its endless obstruction of appointments and judicial nominees. Reid is considering the "nuclear option" on filibuster reform "so that executive-branch appointments and most judicial nominees would only need 51 votes for confirmation. (Supreme Court nominees could still be blocked by filibuster.)" More on how that would be done here.

Watch Reid speak out on the Senate floor, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Final Senate Vote on ENDA Set for Thursday Afternoon

The final Senate vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is set for Thursday afternoon, The Hill reports:

ReidOn Thursday, the Senate will vote on a GOP amendment to expand religious exemptions under the bill before voting to end debate on the measure. If Democrats get 60 votes to end debate, the Senate will then vote on final passage at 1:45 p.m.

While many are calling the bill a non-starter in the House because Speaker John Boehner opposes the legislation, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was expressing optimism at a meeting with reporters today, reports Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade:

Amid concerns that moving the bill in the House would be a non-starter given the Republican leadership’s opposition, Reid said he “wouldn’t be too sure about that.”

“I think the House is going to have to capitulate,” Reid said. “If they have any hope of a president that can be a viable candidate, or they think they can elect some Republicans, and want to hang on to the House, they’ve got issues.”

After saying on the Senate floor Tuesday he thinks the bill would pass the House if it were allowed to come up for a vote, Reid reaffirmed that belief to reporters, saying passage would be “easy.”

Reid dismissed the idea of a discharge petition to move the bill and also rejected attaching it to larger legislation like a defense bill:

Instead, Reid said the better path is to make “one loud chant” to pass the bill along with legislation related to immigration, marketplace fairness, postal reform as well as the farm bill to make the House look like it’s “living in some other world.”

More at The Blade...

Religious Exemptions in ENDA Endorsed by Some Activist Groups, Questioned by Others

Many are still concerned about the religious exemption in the current language of ENDA, reports Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade:

ReidThat language would provide leeway for religious institutions, like churches or religious schools, to discriminate against LGBT workers in non-ministerial positions even if ENDA were to become law. It’s broader than similar exemptions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for categories of race, gender, religion and national origin...

...Faiz Shakir, a Reid spokesperson...said the Democratic leader understands the concerns, but wants to get the bill passed first, then go back and address the exemptions.

“Sen. Reid’s first priority is to pass the strongest possible legislation which can garner 60 votes,” Shakir said. “He believes the current legislation meets that test.”

Activists from the ACLU and GetEQUAL are concerned about the amendment, Johnson reports, but realistically do not see the language being changed on the Senate floor and are instead petitioning individual lawmakers to speak out and raise awareness about the language:

GetEQUAL has petitioned four senators with a reputation for being champions of progressive values — Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) — to speak out against the religious exemption. As of Sunday, the petition has just under 6,000 signatures. It remains to be seen whether any senator will speak out in favor of limiting the religious exemption when ENDA comes to the Senate floor this week.

The Human Rights Campaign, Freedom to Work, and the Center for American Progress have all endorsed the exemption, according to the Blade.

The Senate is expected to take a cloture vote on ENDA later today.

Cloture Likely on ENDA Tonight, Setting Up Monday Vote

A cloture filing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is likely tonight, Buzzfeed reports:

ReidReid is likely to file a cloture petition on the bill this evening, a Democratic leadership aide told BuzzFeed Thursday, which would set a vote on the motion to proceed on debate of ENDA for Monday evening.

If the motion to proceed, which requires 60 votes, is agreed to, the Senate would debate and eventually vote on the bill. The vote would be the first Senate vote on the legislation since 1996 and the first vote ever on the legislation with both sexual orientation and gender identity protections.

Reid told Rachel Maddow in an interview last night he is confident that the measure has the votes to pass.


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