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Washington, D.C. (Jul 31) – Coming from a small town in no-where Nevada, Searchlight, Senator Harry Reid roots are a similar tale as many hard working Americans. Senator Reid’s father was a hardrock miner, and the town in which Reid grow up was so small that for the first eight years of school, he had the same teacher.
Senator Reid knows the value of hard work, independence, and opportunity. Today he holds the highest position, second only to the Vice President, in the Senate, that of the Majority Leader.
From small town to Washington, Reid’s story is quite the ride. Parade Magazine, a well known, often read insert in Sunday newspapers across the country, stated Reid was “one of a handful of leaders in Washington with ‘integrity and guts'”.
Well respected, on both sides of the aisle, Reid has a solid reputation of consensus building and is a skillful legislator. Senate Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is quoted as saying, “We all respect Senator Reid. He is one of the moderate voices around here who tries to get things to work.” High praise from “the other side of the aisle”.
Former GOP Leader Trent Lott acknowledged that Senator Reid is “out there finding a solution”. Lott continued, “I enjoy working with him very much.”
Praised for his ability to both speak pointedly and eloquently, Reid also is famous for his talent to listen, a skill not often seen on the Senate floor.
Under current economic conditions, Senator Reid understands deeply the needs of Nevada. Keeping people in their homes in a state with one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country is a battle Reid takes personally. He isn’t afraid to stand up for what weakens Nevada’s economy. Reducing health care costs, and working to create thousands of good-paying jobs with an emphasize on renewable energy have been but two aspects to his agenda to better Nevada.
On a personal note, Senator Reid is an “avid sportsman” and thus champions Nevada’s great outdoors. Reid created Great Basin National Park, Nevada’s only national park. In addition, he “created the Lake Tahoe Summit, which brings leaders of all political stripes together to preserve Lake Tahoe’s clarity.” Additionally, Reid can add working hard “to preserve Nevada’s outdoors by developing Nevada’s solar, wind, and geothermal energy industries” to his impressive resume.
Unlike his current counterpart, 2010 mid-term election GOP Sharron Angle, who is staking her bid to claim the seat in the Senate in November, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is doing all he can from a senatorial position to help Nevada. In contrast, his opponent Sharron Angle, is famously known for her statement that Nevadans are lazy, implying that unemployment extensions, in a state with more than 14% officially on the books as unemployed, enjoy living in poverty wondering where they will get the rent money and food for their children.
Angle would have everyone believes there are jobs galore in Nevada, but no one wants to work, that they actually enjoy living on the dole.
Reid, thankfully, knows how to work. He works tirelessly often arriving first at the Capitol and is well known as being the last to leave.
The “proud grandfather of 16 grandchildren” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid understands the current conditions of the country and the need to put it on the fastest road to recovery. With 16 grandchildren, one can rest assured that yes indeed Senator Reid is well aware of “down the road” and “future generations”. He also is highly aware that without immediate attention to today, tomorrow may never come.
T. Cahill – Editor/Journalist WorldNewsVine