Friday, November 12, 2010

Reid on the hook for delivering on election promises in lame-duck session

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) won a tough reelection fight by making promises to his constituents, and now he has the tough job of delivering in the lame-duck session.

Shortly before Election Day, Reid promised during an interview with Univision, a Spanish-language television network, that he would bring the Dream Act up for a vote before the end of the year.

Reid has also given assurances to labor officials that he will bring up the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act, according to a senior labor official. The bill would set minimum standards for state collective bargaining laws for firefighters and police officers.

Hispanic and union voters were critical to Reid’s reelection to a fifth term last week.

But Reid will have a difficult time delivering on these promises because of staunch GOP opposition to any legislation considered controversial...

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