Jack Reed http://ripr.org en The Real McKay in the U.S. Senate Contest http://ripr.org/post/real-mckay-us-senate-contest <p>It isn’t a surprise that Rhode Island’s Republican Party is having a difficult time finding a credible candidate to take on Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Jack Reed.</p><p>Reed first won election to the U.S. House in 1990 and moved up to the Senate after the retirement of Sen. Claibone Pell. Reed has never lost an election and in recent campaigns has had easier and easier opponents.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:48:11 +0000 Scott MacKay 30714 at http://ripr.org Sen. Reed Seeks To Preserve RI Naval And Sub Spending http://ripr.org/post/sen-reed-seeks-preserve-ri-naval-and-sub-spending <p>Sen. Jack Reed has begun reviewing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s proposed military budget. Reed is a member of the senate Armed Services Committee, which will play a role in passing legislation to enact the budget. He says he’s looking carefully for ways to balance the need to trim spending while ensuring the nation’s military can meet the new kinds of security threats it may face in the future.</p><p>For example, Reed says he hopes to maintain funding for Rhode Island-based military research.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:12:44 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 29686 at http://ripr.org Sen. Reed Seeks To Preserve RI Naval And Sub Spending U.S. Senate Passes Bill Delaying Jump in Flood Insurance Rates http://ripr.org/post/us-senate-passes-bill-delaying-jump-flood-insurance-rates <p></p><p>Rhode Island’s senators are applauding a 67- 32 vote passing legislation that delays a spike in flood insurance premiums. Sen. Jack Reed said the Senate took a positive, bi-partisan step, while Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse called the measure a necessary step to balance solvency of the federal flood insurance program with rate shock.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 02:22:34 +0000 Catherine Welch 28431 at http://ripr.org U.S. Senate Passes Bill Delaying Jump in Flood Insurance Rates Rhode Islanders Head To Washington For The President's State Of The Union Address http://ripr.org/post/rhode-islanders-head-washington-presidents-state-union-address <p>Four Rhode Islanders are joining the congressional delegation for tonight’s State of the Union Address.</p><p></p><p>Rhode Island’s senior Sen. Jack Reed’s guest will be Anne Nolan, president of the non-profit homeless agency Crossroads RI. Sen.</p><p>Sheldon Whitehouse is bringing businessman Scott DePasquale, the CEO of Utilidata, a company that moved to Rhode Island from Washington state two years ago.</p><p>Over in the House, Congressman Jim Langevin’s guest is Davide Dukcevich of Daniele Foods, a Burrillville company specializing in gourmet Italian meats.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:28:05 +0000 Catherine Welch 28269 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The Clay Pell Dilemma In RI Governor's Race http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-clay-pell-dilemma-ri-governors-race <p>Political pundits love to emphasize that campaigns matter.&nbsp; Clay Pell better hope that adage rings true if he hopes to be Rhode Island’s next governor, says our resident pundit, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Herbert Claiborne `Clay’ Pell&nbsp; IV is the grandson of a legendary Rhode Island U.S. Senator, a Harvard University graduate&nbsp; and at just 32 years old, possessor of a resume that would be the envy of many a decade or two older.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:01:28 +0000 Scott MacKay 28120 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The Clay Pell Dilemma In RI Governor's Race State Leaders And Lawmakers Meet To Discuss Jumpstarting The Local Economy http://ripr.org/post/state-leaders-and-lawmakers-meet-discuss-jumpstarting-local-economy <p>Political and business leaders are meeting in a couple events Tuesday looking at how to rev up the state’s economy.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The first event is a roundtable centered on the national issues, such as patents, facing the state’s innovation industry, and how this industry can help boost Rhode Island’s struggling economy.</p><p>Both Senator Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse will attend the roundtable, along with Congressman David Cicilline.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:45:50 +0000 Catherine Welch 27938 at http://ripr.org State Leaders And Lawmakers Meet To Discuss Jumpstarting The Local Economy Sen. Reed Urges Congress To Pass Unemployment Benefits http://ripr.org/post/sen-reed-urges-congress-pass-unemployment-benefits <p>Senator Jack Reed says he’s pleased a bill he co-sponsored to extend unemployment benefits for 90 days has moved forward in the Senate on a procedural vote. And he’d like to see it continue to move forward without having to negotiate how to pay for it. But Reed says he’s open on that point.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:24:09 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 27321 at http://ripr.org Sen. Reed Urges Congress To Pass Unemployment Benefits Sen Reed Leads Push For Long-Term Unemployment Benefits Extension http://ripr.org/post/sen-reed-leads-push-long-term-unemployment-benefits-extension <p>U.S. Senator Jack Reed, who has taken a leadership role in the democratic drive to renew long-term unemployment insurance benefits, has made a national call for Republicans to join the effort.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Reed was one of four Senate democrats who held a nationwide media conference call Sunday in an effort to break a congressional logjam over long-term unemployment insurance. The insurance expired last week when lawmakers failed to extend a recession-era law providing nearly a year of benefits after state jobless benefits run out.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:50:03 +0000 Flo Jonic 27256 at http://ripr.org Sen Reed Leads Push For Long-Term Unemployment Benefits Extension Unemployment Benefits Set To End For Thousands Of Rhode Islanders http://ripr.org/post/unemployment-benefits-set-end-thousands-rhode-islanders <p>Making ends meet is about to get harder for thousands of Rhode Island families who will lose their unemployment benefits Saturday. &nbsp;Those taking the hit are the long-term unemployed.</p><p></p><p>Congressional failure to renew the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program will result in the loss of benefits to 1.3 million Americans starting tomorrow. In Rhode Island, six thousand long-term unemployed individuals will lose their weekly checks. In the first six months of 2014 another nine thousand will join their ranks.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:31:48 +0000 Flo Jonic 26870 at http://ripr.org Unemployment Benefits Set To End For Thousands Of Rhode Islanders What the pols can do to help RI small business http://ripr.org/post/what-pols-can-do-help-ri-small-business <p>The hours are dwindling to Christmas and the annual shopping frenzy is on. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says we should shop local to support the Rhode Island economy and details what Congress can do to help.</p><p>The twinkle of &nbsp;seasonal&nbsp; lights on new fallen snow are everywhere,&nbsp; Christmas shopping is in full blush and youngsters are readying for the annual reading of Clement Clarke Moore’s classic `Twas the Night Before Christmas.’</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:49:03 +0000 Scott MacKay 26529 at http://ripr.org