U.S. Senate http://ripr.org en Jack Reed formally announces his re-election bid http://ripr.org/post/jack-reed-formally-announces-his-re-election-bid <p></p><p>U.S. Sen. Jack Reed D-R.I., made official this morning what everyone in Rhode Island’s political circuit &nbsp;assumed: That he is a candidate for reelection to a fourth six-year term in the Senate.</p><p>Reed’s announcement came before a crowd of 1,000 of his supporters at the senator’s 25<sup>th</sup> annual May Breakfast at Rhodes-on-the- Pawtuxet in his home city of Cranston.</p> Sun, 04 May 2014 18:07:00 +0000 Scott MacKay 33057 at http://ripr.org Sens. Reed, Whitehouse back Senate filibuster change http://ripr.org/post/sens-reed-whitehouse-back-senate-filibuster-change <p>Both Rhode Island Democratic U.S. Senators supported Majority Leader Harry Reid’s &nbsp;decision to change Senate rules to break Republican filibusters of President Obama’s nominees.</p><p>Sen. Jack Reed said he doesn’t see the change to get a majority rule threshhold for nominees as a victory for either Democrats or Republicans. Rather, Reed said, ``the goal is to get Congress working more effectively because the country deserves better.’’</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 20:04:43 +0000 Scott MacKay 25170 at http://ripr.org Sen. Whitehouse Gives 50th Floor Speech On Climate Change http://ripr.org/post/sen-whitehouse-gives-50th-floor-speech-climate-change <p>U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has given his 50<sup>th</sup> floor speech on climate change. &nbsp;Whitehouse has been expounding on climate change on the Senate floor once a week for over a year.&nbsp; In his 50<sup>th</sup> speech Wednesday he cautioned climate change deniers about public opinion.</p><p></p><p>“Those in Congress who would deny science to protect the polluting interests increasingly look ridiculous even to their own side,” said Whitehouse. “It’s not just time to wake up. People are waking up. And inevitably the truth will be fully known.”</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:29:08 +0000 Flo Jonic 24819 at http://ripr.org Sen. Whitehouse Gives 50th Floor Speech On Climate Change Reed's student loan interest limit fails again http://ripr.org/post/reeds-student-loan-interest-limit-fails-again <p>Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed has failed again in his attempt to hold down college student loan rates.</p><p>The Senate has once again failed to pass Democrat &nbsp;Reed’s legislation that would keep federal student college loans from doubling in interest. Reed’s bill failed on a procedural motion by a vote of 51 to 49. Sixty votes were needed to end the Republican filibuster.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 19:48:34 +0000 Scott MacKay 18206 at http://ripr.org