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Senator Harry Reid Grades Congress During Brief Reno Visit

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Fresh off a weekend speech to rally fellow Nevada Democrats this election year, we met up with Senator Reid during his short Reno visit where today, he shared his disappointment of the goings on in Washington even going so far as to grade this Congress.

"D minus. This Congress has been very ineffective.”

Blaming the GOP for opposing everything for which the president's asked.
    
Equally frustrated, last week Senator Dean Heller told us Democrats aren't meeting in the middle, either.

Tensions aside, Reid is confident his party will retain majority in the Senate citing nearly a dozen states, where Democrats are ahead.
    
He says losing control of the Senate doesn't appear likely.

"They'd have to pick up six seats. It'd be very, very hard for them to do that."
    
A topic of contention this election season is immigration, particularly the crisis at the border.

Reid believes we must identify children who deserve refugee status and send those who don't back.

Back here at home, I asked the senator about the controversial margins tax initiative voters will consider in November, which would tax corporations to help fund education. Reid's Republican counterpart had this to say about it last week. "It's a 15% corporate tax that's higher than California and that wouldn't be good for Nevada."
    
But when asked if it would deter companies like Tesla from expanding operations here, Reid says that tax is the least of the electric automaker's worries. He says CEO Elon Musk - who's spoken at Reid's National Clean Energy Summit - is a multi-billionaire who has one qualification. "He's an extremely good businessman, the add-on to Tesla is going to go where he can make the most money and I don't know if that's Nevada."
    
As a small state, Reid says there's only so much we can do. While he says he's done everything in his power, only time will tell.

Senator Reid is also in town for the annual Lake Tahoe Summit which will be held on Tuesday. In the event's 17 years, he says we've seen progress, but there are new problems to address at the lake now. To learn what those are, Channel 2 will have complete coverage tomorrow night at five.

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