Reid Says He's Happy to Have 'Real Majority'

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThis week: Shutdown deadline looms over Congress Week ahead: Spending fight shifts from Zika to Flint Black Caucus demands Flint funding from GOP MORE (D-Nev.) appeared with his new Democratic colleagues Monday for a press statement that lasted less than a minute and took no questions.

Reid met privately with Mark UdallMark UdallColorado GOP Senate race to unseat Dem incumbent is wide open Energy issues roil race for Senate Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium MORE of Colorado, Tom UdallTom UdallTensions rise over judicial nominees Dem senator wants to change nomination rules amid Garland fight Dem senators back Navajo lawsuit against EPA MORE of New Mexico, Mark WarnerMark WarnerLawmakers play catch-up as smartphone banking surges 5 questions about the Yahoo hack Dem senator calls for probe over Yahoo hack MORE of Virginia, Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenDems call for better birth control access for female troops GOP puts shutdown squeeze play on Dems Senators seek to boost women in international forces MORE of New Hampshire, Kay HaganKay HaganPhoto finish predicted for Trump, Clinton in North Carolina Are Senate Republicans facing an election wipeout? Clinton's lead in NC elevates Senate race MORE of North Carolina and Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyOvernight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas Wells CEO Stumpf resigns from Fed advisory panel Senate Dems call for investigation into Wells Fargo's wage practices MORE of Oregon before appearing with all six in the main Senate hallway.

"Having been the Majority Leader for the last two years, many times with no majority, this is an exciting time for me," Reid said. "I'm so pleased, so excited, so happy to have a real majority now... We look forward to Jan. 6 and we hope we can move with Sen. Obama to a new chapter in the history of this country on progress and change."

Democrats expanded their majority in the Senate from 51 to 57 seats after the Nov. 4 election, with three races still outstanding.

-J. Taylor Rushing